Who am I? I’m an adventure athlete, journalist, author, ultra marathon runner and a 4-time Ironman Triathlete. I’ve seven sub-3hr marathons to my name, wife carrier, cycosportives, mountain biker, Black T-shirt wearing Norseman with a penchant for seeking out the world’s toughest challenges.
There was once a moment I served Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. I led men in battle whilst on operational tours in Iraq and Cyprus, so I know what it is like to be shot at and blow up (it's not that great). I learnt that that you have to set an example to your men if they’re to follow you. Looking back, it’s a period of great happiness in my life. Indeed, I often say that joining the British Army was the best decision I ever made. But leaving it was the second best.
I felt that it had taught me what I needed – which was to install in me a self-belief that I was capable of whatever I put my mind to. It also taught me that if you do something you love, the money will follow.
It's been over a decade that I left the military and I’ve since built a career around my passion for endurance sports. I’ve been a columnist for the Telegraph and Triathlete’s World, contributed to dozens of outdoor magazines, had two books published, worked alongside some of the world’s top brands, interviewed everyone from Olympic Gold Medallists to polar explorers, appeared on national television and radio, spoken at conferences, festivals, schools and companies – and every single moment has been fun, fun, fun. In the Type 1 fun sense.
I’ve also done some pretty cool things, like drive across Argentina in a Mini Countryman in pursuit of the Dakar Rally. Or visit all 15 national parks in the UK in 15 days, whilst completing a micro adventure in each. Or cycle from Bordeaux to Biarritz with my wife and daughter along the Voie Verte. Or run the Marathon du Medoc on our wedding day, with our guests running with us. I've been lucky.