I am just entering my 50th year on this planet, and am certainly old enough to know better… I have a very understanding wife, Susanne, and two wonderful children.

I was born in Torquay, Devon but immigrated to Yorkshire, home of the White Rose, and my adopted home, 26 years ago. Team sports have been a major factor throughout my life, and I have been lucky enough to have represented my country in more than one discipline.

In 2012, and aged 42, I ran the marathon des sables, my first long distance endurance race and surprised myself with a “top 100 runners” finish. That race lit the flame for further challenges and endurance events ever since.

I have never rowed, until now. This will be without doubt the biggest physical and mental challenge I have attempted.

Macmillan Cancer Support have been hugely supportive to me and my family over the years, and it therefore feels right to raise money to support this very worthy cause.

I will be covering the cost of the boat, equipment and race fees myself, as I want 100% of the money raised to go to Macmillan.


Junior school assembly at GSAL

What a privilege it was to give the junior school assembly today at The Grammer School at Leeds. I was blown away by the interest and quality of questions from some very very bright young minds. For legal reasons there are no pictures of the children during assembly. ...

Solitude training

One of the biggest concerns I have ahead of my upcoming Atlantic row is the thought of being isolated for nearly two months. Without going into detail, significant trauma in my early life has left its mark, and being alone with my own thoughts is something I have...