Team: Pole Position
||90kg (198 lbs)|
||Managing Director of a print and mail company|
||Skiing, Cycling, Running, Sailing, Wakefield Wildcats|
|PRIOR ARCTIC EXPERIENCE:
|PRIOR EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE:
||Cycling from London to Paris. Running half-marathons in Prague, Nottingham and Liverpool|
|PREVIOUS FURTHEST NORTH:
|PREVIOUS COLDEST PLACE:
||Probably standing watching my son play rugby in Siddal, Halifax on a Sunday afternoon. Otherwise, Finland at around -25°C|
|REASON FOR ENTERING RACE:
||1) To be the best I can be.|
2) As someone suffering from type 1 diabetes I experience both ignorance and prejudice. I hope to prove both to sufferers and non-diabetics alike that diabetes is not an impediment to successful participation in any physical activity.
3) To create awareness and raise money for the charity, SmartRisk.
It seems like I am living my life in reverse. Over the past two
years I have participated in a range of inspirational activities
more suited to late teens and early twenties than a forty something!
This polar challenge will be the culmination of them.
Originally from Settle in North Yorkshire, I spent most of my
formative years in and around Rothwell, South Leeds, before moving
to Wakefield about twenty five years ago.
I attended Rothwell Grammar School and gained a Masters degree at
Leeds University. I joined a local printing business, eventually
becoming Sales and Marketing Director. After a brief spell as head
of sales and marketing at JC Moores in Liverpool, five years ago I
headed a management buy-out at Charisma Colour Print in Sheffield,
thereby achieving a long held business ambition.
One of the main reasons for participating in the race is to
create awareness and raise money for an important but little
known charity, SmartRisk.
Originally a Canadian based charity, their primary activity in
the UK is to run road-shows aimed at young people.