Sometimes life throws you an unexpected opportunity, and sometimes you have the courage to take it. In 2005 I somehow fell into the world of ultra and endurance running and things snowballed.
Balancing life, work, competitive athletics, endurance events and my love of the mountains can be challenging. But that is the journey of life ....
Running - well, sometimes it flows and sometimes it can be hard - but for me the most important thing is always to run for the love of it, with my heart and soul as well as my head and legs. And to allow it to take me where it will.
My passion for the mountains and nature has shaped both my life as an endurance athlete, and my professional career as a writer and as a scientist. A Natural Scientist by training, with a PhD in polar oceanography, I have been on many research cruises to the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. These experiences and studies gave me an even deeper commitment to our responsibility of working towards both social and environmental sustainability in every part of our lives.
My dream is to encourage people to realise the inspiration of nature, the mountains, of our world - to realise the richness of our environment and our responsibility to protect it - and the value of challenging our whole selves - mentally and physically.