Biography

I am an exercise physiologist, and I lecture on human physiology, applied exercise physiology and rehabilitation, and research methods.  I am also actively involved in producing research relating to physiology and biomechanics.  I am currently wrapping-up my PhD in biomechanics and neuromuscular physiology.

I studied exercise physiology for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and supported myself through the studies by working in the fitness industry, based in London (fitness instructor, personal trainer, fitness manager, operations manager, and all that sort of thing).  When I completed the Master's degree I spent a number of years researching human evolution, focussing on dietary and biomechanical adaptations (this research was used to write Human Evolution, Diet and Health: The Case for Palaeolithic Nutrition).  Although I adored working in the fitness industry, and spent many of the best years of my life in one of the most fun and satisfying professions there can be, my passion was for academia and lecturing, with an initial goal of earning my PhD.  Hence, I lectured on personal training courses (which I still enjoy doing), before taking part-time work in a college in Surrey, then part-time work in a London college.  I left work on the 25th January 2013, in order to engage more fully in my career as an athlete and adventurer.

I have loved the outdoors for as long as I can remember.  As a child, my parents used to take me on camping holidays around Britain and Europe, and I have such fond memories of long walks in the Swiss and German alps, during long, warm summer days.  I joined the Scouting Movement as early as I could, transfering to the Air Training Corps when I was a little older.  I went on my first expedition at the age of 15, when I spent nine days hiking in the Pyrenees with a group of much stronger, older boys and instructors.  Later on, having visited the Egyptian Sahara a number of times with friends, I decided to do the Marathon des Sables, as I had been brimming with confidence that I at least had the fitness to finish the race, even if not actually running all of it.

By the time I had finished the Marathon des Sables I was hooked on ultra-endurance racing, and soon registered to compete in other races.  I wrote books on the Marathon des Sables, Jungle Marathon and Yukon Arctic Ultra, but have also enjoyed the Transalpine race and various endurance events around Britain.  I have books still to write on exercise rehabilitation, running fitness, diet and health, and enjoy being a contributor for newspapers and magazines, including Runner's World and Men's Health.  I am particularly proud to be sponsored for my endurance events by some of the best equipment providers in world, including Rab and Salomon.  More details of my sponsors and the events can be found elsewhere on this website. 

Over the coming years I hope to revisit some of the races I have already enjoyed, and hopefully to participate in a few others for the first time.  If sponsorship permits, then I have a dream to attempt an unsupported expedition to the North Pole.

Although some people have found my writing style to be fairly quirky, it seems to those already familiar with the writings of my main literary influences, that all is perfectly clear.  In order to ensure that blame is directed appropriately, I would cite the following as key influences: Douglas Adams, Richard Dawkins, John Gribbin, Stephen Fry, P.G. Wodehouse, Lofty Wiseman, Ray Mears, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.  Some offered expertise and understanding, whilst from others it was a sense of style and eloquence that I wish I could better emulate.

 

 

The Books

 

My books are available from Amazon as ebooks and as printed versions.

 

             

 

 

 

 

The content of this website is provided free of charge, and I hope it is of value to those reading it.  Anyone wishing to donate to help support me is welcome to do so here.  I am extremely grateful for any and all support received.

 

 

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