We then had a break, on the lawn of the RGS, playing Siamese croquet (having not played much standard croquet I am afraid that I am unaware as to how the Siamese aspect plays a part!) just outside the Map Room. It was a great venue to chat to fellow Adventurists, knowing that it was here that some of the world’s great achievements had been planned, with portraits of Hillary and Livingstone looking down, and a huge model of the Everest massif in the corner.
I would like to encourage people to get out there and do their own expeditions and follow their dreams by showing them how expeditions are done by ordinary people, like themselves, who are simply prepared to step out of conventional life and indulge in the extraordinary.
When asked about why he had decided to not practice rowing before setting out, Blyth responded in his typically straightforward fashion: “I had over 3000 miles to practice, so why would I bother before setting out?”
“I absolutely love Trail Running, and competing in Ultra’s. It’s hard to explain to someone who does not run Ultra’s what is so great about the sport. Nothing could ever compare to an eight hour day spent in the wilderness running on Trails with a group of friends; the sport brings you closer to people than you ever thought possible and humbles you to the core. I always say, “Going for a run clears your mind, but running 100 miles clears your soul”.
Many times in life. We all fail at things. No one is perfect. Success to me is “Did you do your best?” If the answer is yes, then you were successful. Had I not been able to Run all the way to Atlanta, had I not been able to complete my feat of feet, then, to me, I still would have been successful because I still did my best … and what more could anyone have asked of me.
“Through our endeavours we can demonstrate that one can still achieve great things post injury,” concludes Martin, “If one has support, drive and determination, a dis-abilitating injury should not stop you from reaching your goals.