Inspirations

As an aspiring adventurer you always keep close (jealous) eye on people who are living their dreams by tackling some of the most amazing adventures that are still left on the planet.

Below is a selection of British adventures I follow:

Richard is a former Welsh rugby international player and is undoubtedly one of the most adventurous chaps out there today. In 2013, I was going to be taking part in the first Jungle Marathon in Vietnam in which Richard was also going to be taking part. Unfortunately this event got cancelled. I went on to do my solo run and Richard went on to complete numerous other events that culminated in setting the British record for the fastest solo, unsupported, unassisted journey to the South Pole. A great explorer who tirelessly pushes the boundaries and someone who uses everything available to take you along on the journey, virtually! Follow Richard here

Sean Conway

Sean Conway www.seanconway.com

I have long been a fan of outdoor swimming and would love to take part in something record breaking. Sean did just that. Not only has he climbed mountains, cycled round the world or walked to London (?), he has done something that no one else has ever achieved – swimming the length of the British Isles. I followed his effort with much enjoyment, wishing I could be there every stroke of the way. Follow Sean here

James Ketchell

James Ketchell www.jamesketchell.net

Captain Ketch, as he seems to be known, has rowed the Atlantic, conquered Everest and has recently completed a 18,000 cycle round the world. This is astounding in its own right but what makes it more impressive is that James did this all after a motorcycle accident that left him with a prognosis that he would have a permanent walking impairment. With amazing determination he has proved everyone wrong and demonstrated just how powerful the human mind and body really are… Follow James here

Ed Stafford

Ed Stafford www.edstafford.org

Anyone who has watched “Walking the Amazon” has to be full of respect for what Ed achieved. They can also be excused for thinking he is an absolute lunatic. Ed is the first man to walk the length of the Amazon and when you watch his film then you will agree that he will probably be the last for quite some time. Ed is someone who you need to respect for his sheer determination. Follow Ed here

Jamie McDonald

Jamie McDonald www.jamiemcdonald.org

Jamie has undertaken a number of events to raise money for worthy causes including cycling from Bangkok to Gloucester, setting a world record for static cycling (265 hours) and most recently running 5000 miles across Canada. The latter event is something I can associate with quite closely and would be something I would love to emulate… A fantastic effort and I am sure there are more adventures to come. Follow Jamie here

British adventurer Sarah Outen is over half-way through a gruelling global expedition from London2London:Via the World in which she is attempting to loop the planet using human power. She started in a kayak under Tower Bridge on April 1st 2011 and since then has kayaked, cycled and rowed east across land and oceans to Alaska, where she completed her North Pacific row in September 2013 after 150 days at sea. The first attempt in 2012 ended with a rescue. Sarah returns to Adak Island, Alaska to kayak the Aleutian Island chain in April 2014 with team mate Justine Curgenven. The onward journey involves cycling to the Canadian East Coast and rowing home across the North Atlantic in 2015. Sarah is fundraising for charities along the way, as well as sharing stories and visiting schools to inspire others to take on their own challenges. Follow her progress at https://twitter.com/sarahouten

James Cracknell

James Cracknell www.jamescracknell.com

James is one of Britain’s most successful athletes of all time, with 2 Olympic Gold Medals and 6 World Championship titles. His epic rowing finals in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 were two of the most watched sporting contests in history but it is since retiring from his 13 year international career that James has distinguished himself as a very special and inspiring sportsman, athlete and adventurer. Follow James at https://twitter.com/JamesCracknell

Ben Fogle is a broadcaster, traveller and adventurer. He has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, crossed Antarctica on foot, run across the Sahara and crossed the Empty Quarter on camel. He has presented numerous hit programmes on the BBC, ITV and Channel 5 including, New Lives in the Wild, Extreme Dreams, Countrywise, Harbour Lives, Through Hell and High Water and Crufts. He is an ambassador for WWF, Medecins Sans Frontier and Tusk, Centrepoint and the Princes Trust, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and patron of The Royal Parks Foundation. Follow Ben at https://twitter.com/Benfogle

alastair-humphreys

Alastair Humphreys www.alastairhumphreys.com

Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, blogger, author, motivational speaker, film maker and photographer. He is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. He produces a monthly newsletter with the highlights of the blog and important expedition news.Since graduating Alastair has cycled round the world for 4 years, raced a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean, canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River and walked the length of the holy Kaveri river in India.Alastair has also run the Marathon des Sables, (finishing as one of the ten fastest Brits despite breaking his foot during the race) and rowed to France with a paralysed soldier. In 2010 he completed an unsupported crossing of Iceland by foot and packraft. In 2012 Alastair rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, did an expedition in Greenland and walked across the Empty Quarter desert. Follow Alastair here https://twitter.com/Al_Humphreys

There are of course a number of other people who I deeply  respect and aspire to be like in some shape or another…

The Long Way Round – http://www.longwayround.com/

5000 mile project – www.5000mileproject.org

Three wheeling – www.threewheeling.net  

Ness Knight – www.bigbritishadventure.co.uk

 

 

 

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