Lee started running at the age of 10 when he joined his local club, Wallsend Harriers. As a youngster he reached County and Area level and regularly competed at the Inter Counties and English Schools. His most notable performances were 8.49.4 for 3000m at the age of 16 which placed him 10th on the U17 Rankings for 1991 and a win in the Junior Great North Run 5 mile in 25.45 aged 17 in 1992. He represented the North of England on 6 occasions over road and cross country but his Senior career was cut short due to injury. However he did run 14.34 for 5k and 30.04 for 10k at the age of 20 within the space of 8 days in 1995, becoming double North East Champion in the process. Returning after an enforced period away from the sport in his 20s, Lee is now a member of North Shields Poly AC and a UK Athletics endurance coach.