2016 was a kick ass year. Here are some of the highlights.
Ended 2015 and started 2016 with walking along the Offas Dyke path along the Welsh/English border with friends.
Was lucky enough to be asked into the GSK human performance lab for testing. It was very interesting and I learned so much.
Went out to Jordan for a few weeks to walk through the desert with Leon (Indiana Jones) McCarron.
Completed my first half Ironman while supporting Matthew Pritchard on his 30 half Ironmans in 30 days world record. He smashed it - on a vegan diet too. Well done boyo!
Awarded my adventure scholarship to Addi and Athena who went on to kayak the Leeds to Liverpool canal. You're never too old, or too young for adventure.
Started the cycle leg of my 4200 mile triathlon around the coast of Great Britain.
Caught up with Elise Downing on her circumnavigation of Great Britain run. She went on to complete it in 301 days. Legend!
Slept in an advertising trailer. Like a boss.
Met my twin
Got skinny . . . and angry by the looks of things.
Ran my first double marathon.
Started my 117-mile self supported swim with my raft called Rafty McRaftface.
Tied fishing line around me. Swam for 3 hours. Caught a fish!!!! BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!
Completed the worlds longest triathlon. 4200 miles in 85 days.
Met David Beckham - A true gent!
Published my 4th book about the time I cycled around the world.
Magazine cover model! Up yours all you ginger bullies from my school days ;) Ha!
My face on lift doors. . . I decided to take the stairs.
My second show on Discovery Channel premiered in the UK.
Entered into the Route 66 bike race. Sadly got injured on day 4 and had to pull out :(
2016 was my biggest year for talks. I love sharing my stories and lessons with people who need a little nudge in life.
A cartoon version of me made it onto a Buff. Life = Made!
I moved to the Lake District.
Learned to SUP with Lizzie Outside
I learned how to make my own Biltong. It's not s**t either!
I learned how to turn a piece of steel into a knife.
This photo by the legend that is Brock Elbank
Flew to Northern Ireland. Climbed its highest mountain. Flew back. Best day trip ever!
Did my first chill swim - 450m. It was sooooooo cold but I survived.
Ended the year in France impersonating Santa!
A huge thank you to everyone who has made 2016 so special for me. You know who you are. Keep those adventures brewing and see you all in 2017.
Without a doubt 2015 has been the best year of my life to date. Many achievements, dreams and memories that will stay with me forever. This is how it went in chronological order.
Kayaking the length of the Thames. A great adventure and a great way to start the year.
Spending time in Chamonix with friends was a nice way to spend some of the winter.
Doing my first tandem paraglide with my friend Alex Ledger
Building and sleeping in half an igloo. I'll build a full one one day.
Publishing my book about swimming the length of Britain.
Appearing on the cover of Timeout Magazine
Running the length of Britain (on second attempt)
Having the world's best pub lock-in with Matt Pritchard.
Becoming first person in history to complete a length of Britain triathlon.
Doing my first solo paragliding flight
Being invited to St James Palace
Alesha Dixon wearing my beard on BBC 2 with Chris Evans.
Fooling around with other adventure buddies at 'Campfire' night
Watching myself on telly for the first time with my show on Discovery Channel
Zooming around Southampton on a motorised sofa with Bonita Norris
Cycling London to Paris in 19 hours
The first winner of my adventure scholarship - Dave Humphreys
Sharing a stage and signing desk with the legend that is Sir Ran Fiennes
An amazing weekend in Scotland with friends
Family holiday in Zimbabwe
Finishing all the final touches to my boat
Featuring in a pretty awesome campaign for Barbour
Learning how to brew my own ale
Appearing on Russell Howard's Good News
Breaking record for sailing the length of Britain - 83h 53m
Having the best manager and assistant ever. Thanks Chloe and Cathy.
Spent the last five days of the year walking through Wales with friends
What an amazing year.
Wishing you all an amazing year ahead.
I love following people who've had a big idea and gone and made it happen. Here are the top people that inspired me in 2015. If you haven't checked them out please do. They're all pretty darn impressive. Their online descriptions say it all.
The kit I'm taking to walk 180 miles following the Offa's Dyke path - the length of Wales.
From left to right
Waterproof trousers - Canada Goose
Waterproof shell - Canada Goose
Lightweight down jacket - Canada Goose
Blow up pillow - Slight luxury as rolled up clothes also work but this isn't a race.
T-Shirts X2 - One for the walk and one to wear on the train home
Small backpack - Lifeventure - Some kit will be on the outside.
GPS tracker - SPOT - Come find me. Bring ale ;)
Socks X5 - All thin pairs. Wear two at a time and rotate them. Saves space.
Jocks X2 - might regret not taking more.
Tent - Terra Nova Laser Ultra - I LOVE THIS TENT. Its 580g. #GramNerd
Camping mat - Therm-A-rest Neo air - Also light and comfy
Down sleeping bag - Haglofs
Oat cakes - For emergencies. Relying on pubs mainly on this walk.
Light trail shoes - Adidas - lighter than hiking boots. First time I'm using this type of shoe.
Hip bag - Haglofs - For easy access stuff like camera, food, chargers etc.
Various stuff sacks and ziplock bags - Keep things dry
Wilson - My leg massaging aid. Roll the knots away.
Little Flying Cow - My adventure mascot
Bog roll -
Water filter - Fresh2O - Filter 99.99% of all bacteria, not viruses though. You will get ebola!
Jetfoil - Coffeeeeeee!!!!!!!
Biltong - Gavins Homemade Biltong - Protein recovery
Waterproof camera case - Quad Lock
Lighter - in case jetfoil click-light fails.
AAA batteries - or head torch and SPOT
Head torch - Black Diamond - Lots of night walking this time of year.
Mug - Thermos - Coffeeeeeeee!!!!!
Toothbrush and paste
Deodorant - To be more pleasant to be around din pubs.
Nail clippers - Also good for cutting rope if you need.
Cable ties - always useful
Guide book - Offa's Dyke
Cables and chargers
13000mAh battery bank - I get about 6 iPhone charges out of it.
Coffee maker - very important
Hip flask with whisky - even more important
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