So, what’s it all about? Friends and family, getting together with our three globetrotting daughters who left home recently, and enjoying working from home with wonder mum and business woman Josie.
Kent village life means making our own fun, organising The Kingsdown Crawlers, an all year round sea swimming group, and crewing on the pilot boats that escort Channel swimmers to France.
We adventure outside Kent too. Laughter and sweat on kayaking expeditions with the fabulous River Rats!
My solo English Channel swim took 15 hours and 41 minutes in 2008, in 15.5 degree water, no wetsuit.
Going downhill fast! Adrenaline fuelled years as a 2 and 4-man bobsleigh driver, Captain of the British Junior (under 26) Team. This photo is of GB1 during training runs for the European Junior Championships, Innsbruck.
Not a holiday! An excellent team of seven experienced the rarified adventure of the ‘Haute Route’ over the Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt in winter.
Best job in the World? A staff post as Expedition Artist on Operation Raleigh’s (now Raleigh International) Panama expedition led to roles as Project Leader and then Deputy Leader of the Bahamas Expedition 1988-89.
We were brought up on travel and adventure. Dad Roy was an eminent roving mathematician who, after meeting teacher Mum, Monty, at Cambridge, worked in Glasgow before becoming a Professor in Cardiff aged 32, where I was born. With sister Carol we moved onto CERN in Switzerland and then Dublin, where sister Alison was born. After time in California and Texas we moved to Canterbury in 1967 to the brand new University of Kent, and I thankfully became an East Kent boy.
School years from eight to eighteen were at The King’s School Canterbury. Here’s the senior swimming team.
Sport won over art! Further education: B.Sc. (Hons) in Sports Science from Loughborough University and Leeds Carnegie (1979-83).
Halcyon days! Nineteen summers spent running residential courses for Kent Language and Activity Courses (1981- 98). This one as Course Director at St. Edward’s School, Oxford. KLAC was owned and run by Josie’s parents Martin and Sikan.
Deeply shocking experiences as Aid Convoy Leader for Romania Project UK, just after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Working a season as ski instructor in an multi-national team in Crans Montana in Switzerland.
Feeling lucky and privileged to have worked, competed or backpacked in most European countries and about 20 outside Europe.
In between marriage and babies, Josie and I founded and ran Offa’s Dyke Walking Holidays.
More sport and outdoor adventure! English Channel Relay Swims in 2007, 2009 & 2012.
The River Rats (Mark, Nick n Dave!) have kayaked the length of the non tidal river Thames, the river Wye, “Coast to Coast” across Scotland, and the Vjosa river in Albania.
A change of scene! We wintered well in 2002/03: The children went to school in Trinidad and Tobago.
More training and teamwork! Olympic distance Triathlete, Kent League squash player for 10 seasons, half marathon runner, Loughborough University ski, gymnastics and water polo teams and school swimming, gymnastics and cross country teams.
Nearly finished! Other CV bits and bobs: I speak French….adequately, Elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in 1991 and member of the Professional Cartoonists Organisation in 2012, and the Cartoonists Club of Great Britain in 1992. Member of The Cartoon Museum and The Society of Authors. MLTB mountain leadership course 1991. Member of Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation and Deal Tri Club.
That’s it Folks, thanks for reading and looking! We look forward to many more projects and adventures so do be in touch if you have one. Cheers!