The Do Lectures

Season 2010 Episode 07.29.10

Alastair Humphreys

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Alastair Humphreys
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Aged 8, Alastair completed the 26 mile Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge. At 13 he did the National 3 Peaks in 24 hours. At 14 he cycled off-road across England. After leaving school Alastair taught for a year in South Africa and travelled round the region.Whilst at Edinburgh and Oxford Universities he undertook several expeditions, cycling from Pakistan to China (Karakoram Highway), Land's End to John O'Groats, Turkey to Italy, Mexico to Panama and across South America. Alastair ran a charity project in the Philippines and the London marathon dressed as a rhino.After Oxford Alastair cycled round the world for 4 years.He has raced a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean and canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River as well as walking the length of the holy Kaveri river in India.Alastair has published three books, with one more due by the end of 2009. (He has also written chapters for Lonely Planet's 'Flightless' anthology, the Adventure Cycling Handbook, Stanorama and The Traveller's Handbook. He ran the Marathon des Sables, finishing as one of the ten fastest Brits despite breaking his foot during the race. To fight off the wanderlust Alastair managed a sub-3-hour marathon, had a miserable time during the Original Mountain Marathon, the Devizes to Westminster 120-mile canoe marathon and another one during Tough Guy. Travelling round the World Cup in a camper van was much more fun.After spending a year teaching 10-year-old boys in a school's Special Needs department, Alastair is now training for the Bob Graham Round and preparing for SOUTH, the first unsupported return journey to the South Pole and the longest unsupported polar journey in history. In February 2009 he rowed to France with Major Phil Packer, a soldier paralysed in Iraq, as part of Phil's attempt to raise £1million for Help for Heroes.moreless
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