A professionally trained broadcast journalist, I specialise in adventure/endurance sports content. I've had two books published and regularly contribute to over two dozen publications.
Jersey in a Day - A feature article for BA Highlife Magazine
I pitched a feature idea to High Life Mag. Is it possible to take the first flight of the day from London to Jersey, run around the island and be in time to catch the returning flight home that day. They loved the idea. So that's what we did!
Cover Feature: Six of the best Adventure Sports to Try
I was commissioned by the 220 Triathlon editor to write up 6 of the best adventure sports to try - based on my experience. This was a cover feature for the
Ten things I learned from running: from ultra marathons to booze-fuelled jaunts
After running 2,700 miles across five continents and 15 countries, a few things have become apparent about how to choose, prepare for and enjoy my routes and races
As I picked up the proof of my first book, 50 Races to Run Before You Die, I felt an overwhelming tingle of excitement. This isn’t just a list book, but rather a collection of memories that describe my love affair with running. I have run every one of the races I’ve written about – more than 2,700 miles’ worth, across five continen...
Tommy Caldwell: how I conquered El Capitan
When I received a phone call asking if I’d like to interview Tommy Caldwell at the Kendal Mountain Festival, I almost dropped my iPhone. I may not be a climber, but like millions of others worldwide I watched open-mouthed as Caldwell and his climbing partner, Kevin Jorgeson, became the first people to free-climb their way up the smooth granite surface of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan - a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, California, measuring 3,000 feet from base to summit, one...
The seven wonders of the running world
As an adventure athlete, there are two questions that I frequently get asked: ‘What’s next?’ and ‘What’s the best race you’ve ever done?’. The first question is fairly easy to answer and normally results in me reciting a long list of ominous sounding races. But the second is far more difficult, because each and every race has it’s own merits. It's not the type of question you can dismiss with a glib answer, because people always want to know your justification, but equally to go into it prope...
10 things no one tells you before you run the Marathon des Sables
While most of us were tucking into our Easter eggs on Sunday morning, a record breaking 1,360 competitors were nervously gathering in the Sahara Desert of Southern Morocco for one of the toughest running races known to man.
Now in its 30th year, the Marathon des Sables (MDS) sees competitors run the equivalent of five and a half marathons in five or six days, in searing temperatures that often top 50 degrees Centigrade.
Now in its 30th year, the Marathon des Sables (MDS) sees competitors run ...
Christopher McDougall: humans have forgotten how to be heroes
Christopher McDougall doesn't look in great shape.
We meet in a hotel in Holborn, where he's holed up after flying in from the US the day before. McDougall has just finished a month-long tour promoting his new book Natural Born Heroes in his homeland; today marks the start of a publicity kick in the UK. He wears the heavy complexion of a man who has just spent too long on a plane trying to work out why he is about to face exactly what he thought he was fleeing.
We're both dressed to go for a ...
The 8 toughest races in the world
Some people collect stamps. Others like bird watching. Personally, I collect races – especially ones that claim to be the ‘toughest’ or the ‘longest’. It’s something that amuses my friends, puzzles my mother, and keeps my long suffering other half in a constant flux of worry.
The relative difficulty of a race is subjective and dependent upon a myriad of variables, such as fitness levels, experience, age and one’s genetic make up. But generally speaking there are four factors that l use to det...
Would you run a marathon on your honeymoon?
When I told my soon-to-be wife Zayne that we were going to the Cayman Islands for our winter honeymoon, her eyes lit up like an African bush baby.
"You’re serious?" she cried, hardly able to contain her excitement. I even got an enormous kiss before she fully had time to compute the news. Slowly, her eyes narrowed with suspicion. "Hang on. What's the catch? How far do I have to run?"
Since we first met three years ago, running has been a mutual passion. Between us we’ve racked up close to 10...
Mark Foster's tips for improving your swimming technique
I’m not quite sure what possessed me to challenge Mark Foster to a swimming race. A drowning cat would stand a better chance of beating him. This is a man who has won six world titles, eight world records and twice broken the 50m freestyle record with a PB of 21.31. Perhaps I had some dim and foolish hope that six years after retiring from a professional swimming career spanning two decades, he might be a little rusty. Wishful thinking.
"I’ll give you a head start," he says charitably, as we...
Stairway to hell: could you run up the Gherkin?
"Have you done anything like this before?" the NSPCC volunteer asked me, as I stood at the foot of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.
Craning my neck, I tried to take in the enormity of the Gherkin (or 30 St Mary Axe, if you want to be formal about it), soaring some 38 floors above me. Looking up anxiously, I could just make out its distinctive sharpened top of the City of London's second tallest building.
"Not exactly," I replied, thinking that perhaps all those speedy runs up the stairs...
The Leon ST Challenge Episode 1 - paramotoring with Tobias Mews
Part 1 of a 3-part series in conjunction with Seat and the Telegraph. My role was the main character and presenter in series of challenges. I storyboarded and came up with the idea.
EPIC 105km Ultramarathon Race By UTMB
I was commissioned by the Running Channel (with the support of Inov8) to film my running the Val d'Aran by UTMB race in the Spanish Pyrenees.
Fabian Cancellara’s predictions for the Spring Classics
Fabian Cancellara is arguably the greatest one-day racer of this generation. He has seven Monument Classics to his name, as well as a host of smaller one-day victories. That’s on top of four Time-Trial World Championship wins, two Olympic gold medals and countless stages of the Tour de France that put him in the yellow jersey for 29 days – the most any rider has worn the jersey without winning the Tour.
Cyclist caught up with him at the Laureus Sport for Good Ride, part of the Laureus World S...