Although I may seem like I live and die for running ultra marathons there are other things that get me up in the morning. I’m part of an expedition that wants to follow the proposed footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton ‘s Endurance expedition in 1914, when his ship became stuck in the ice. What followed was one of the greatest tests of endurance of all time, a fight between life and death.
Shackleton had been trying to lead the first team to cross the Antarctic continent and www.south2014.com aim to take those steps that he worked his whole life towards. Shackleton wanted to cross the 1800 miles of Antarctic and that counts as an ultra marathon in my eyes. I reckon Sir Ernest and Frank Wild would have eaten Leadville for breakfast. People like Birdie Bowers and Captain Scott inspire me to do things that I never thought possible.
4 years ago my life changed for the better when I started this running lark and since then I’ve cycled from Birmingham to Copenhagen, sailed across the Atlantic, twice, for a laugh, helped organise and lead an expedition of 80 people to Arctic Norway and I’m no where near finished.
I fully intend to hand this body in, at the end of a full, debaucherous, challenging life, absolutely smashed to pieces.