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Mark Beaumont is a not just one of the most famous long distance cyclists in the world but an adventurer, BBC documentary film maker, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker.
When Mark was just twelve years old, he cycled 150 miles across Scotland and when just fifteen, completed his first solo journey of 1000 miles, cycling the length of Britain, from John O ‘Groats to Lands End.
Mark Beaumont was destined to make a name for himself and in 2008, he smashed the world record for cycling an 18,000 mile circumnavigation of the world. He crossed the finishing line in Paris in only 194 days, knocking 82 days off the previous world record.
Mark’s profile was further enhanced, when the mobile giant ‘Orange’ chose Mark to headline one of their major adverts – the long running TV and cinema ad, entitled ‘I Am’.
A year later, Mark set out on his second massive cycling expedition. This time he was to travel 13,000 miles down the length of North and South America, from the Rockies to the Andies. Mark even took time out to climb the highest peaks in the Americas..
Both of Mark’s epic journeys were filmed and broadcast by the BBC.A year later, Mark set out on his second massive cycling expedition. This time he was to travel 13,000 miles down the length of North and South America, from the Rockies to the Andies. Mark even took time out to climb the highest peaks in the Americas.. Both of Mark’s epic journeys were filmed and broadcast by the BBC. In 2010 Mark won the 'Top Scot' award at the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.
More recently, Mark joined a team of six crewmen, in an historic rowing expedition through the Canadian Artic. The project was named ‘Row to the Pole’ and Operating as both BBC cameraman and oarsman, Mark helped the team reach the former location of the magnetic North Pole.
2012 was off to a great start, with a number of new adventures in the pipeline. January saw the start of the Atlantic Odyssey Challenge which was to see Mark on another rowing trip. Months of training and preparation had gone into an attempt at being the first crew to row the Atlantic in under 30 days. A crew of six with their boat the 'Sara G' set out from Morocco on the January to row to Barbados. Often with rough seas and high winds the record for most of the journey remained in sight with the team in great spirits. Little were they to know that so close to the end of the journey, disaster was to strike.
Having completed 27 days and with just over 500 miles to go, a freak wave hit the boat and turned it over. The team managed to climb aboard their life raft but they were unable to right the Sara G despite several attempts. A distress call was eventually sent out and the life raft was tethered to the upturned boat. After almost 14 hours in the water and in darkness, all six crew members were found safe and well by the cargo ship the Nord Taipei who took the crew on board to be dropped off a week later in Gibraltar, safe and well. Mark returned to Scotland in mid February, undeterred and fully recovered however, getting him back on a rowing boat, may take a little longer.
You can read more about what happened on Mark's blog at the Independant HERE
Mark's public speaking takes him into many businesses and organisations, both in the UK and abroad. Mark is the first Corporate Ambassador for LDC (Lloyds TSB Development Capital) and is Patron of the Saltire Foundation, Scotland's leading intern and fellowship programme. When not on expedition, writing or at events, Mark works with a number of charities and is an Ambassador for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Patron of Orkidstudio and the TUSK Trust, as well as a founding Trustee of The Active Earth Foundation.
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