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Work out Like A Polynesian Warrior / Red Bull

Living 2,000km from the nearest inhabited island, the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island must be jacks of all trades. Using photography from my three week trip to the island for the BBC, this light-hearted article for Red Bull Adventure gives a break down of the different skills that “Polynesian Warriors” practise during their most important festival of Tapati. 

Click to read online

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RUNdezvous – Outdoor Fitness magazine

[:en]Outdoor Fitness magazine wanted a snappy training article about running groups.

RUNdezvous was the result – an odyssey across three continents as I dive into world of alternative running groups. I hydrate with the Santiago Hash House Harriers, raid a car boot with the Bath Bats and get high in the Rocky Mountains with the Boulder Trail Running Breakfast Club…And we run some!

On sale from June 3rd in the UK

Here’s an extract from the Bath Bats!

IMG_0356[:es]Oudoor Fitness wanted a snappy training article about running groups.

RUNdevous was the result. 

You can read an extract below

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Fastest At World’s End / Sidetracked

[:en]For as long as I’ve been writing about adventures, I have wanted to have my work published at Sidetracked. If you don’t know already, it’s a beautiful online selection box of far-flung journeys, unexpected encounters and daring deeds – sharply penned with startling photography.

Sidetracked Pull QuoteThe editor-in-chief John Summerton doesn’t just pick up any pitch, but on my 3rd attempt in September 2015, with a promised story about our attempt to run the Fastest Known Time around the 100km “O” trek at Torres del Paine – it looked like I might have a story. The hardest part was initially getting the photography up to standard (which took two separate trips to Chilean Patagonia,) and then the envisaged angle about macho endeavor in an inhospitable land just didn’t want to go down on the page like that. (The run itself was much easier.)

Eventually it did come together (thanks for your patience and giving me a shot in the first instance John) and you can now read “Fastest At The World’s End” online.

Click below to begin reading at Sidetracked. 

Sidetracked - Portfolio V Fastest At World's End[:es]For as long as I’ve been writing about adventures, I have wanted to have my work published at Sidetracked. If you don’t know already, it’s a beautiful online selection box of far-flung journeys, unexpected encounters and daring deeds – sharply penned with startling photography.

Sidetracked Pull QuoteThe editor-in-chief John Summerton doesn’t just pick up any pitch, but on my 3rd attempt in September 2015 – with a promised story about our attempt to run the fastest time around the 100km “O” trek at Torres del Paine – it looked like I might have a story.

The hardest part was initially getting the photography up to standard (which took two separate trips to Chilean Patagonia,) and then the envisaged angle about macho endeavour in an inhospitable land just didn’t want to go down on the page like that. (The run itself – although we never got near to that allusive fastest time – went much smoother than the article!)

Eventually it did come together, thanks to the incredible patience of my very talented running partner and friend James Donald, and also to John Summerton for giving me a shot in the first place. You can now read “Fastest At World’s End” online.

Click below to begin reading at Sidetracked. 

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The Runners of Rapa Nui / Men’s Running

[:en]In the May issue of Men’s Running there’s a story of some of the planet’s remotest people.

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…So remote in fact that for 500 years they thought they were the only people left on Earth.

Yet regardless of outside influence, the runners of Rapa Nui take their sport incredibly seriously. They compete in the traditional hami loincloth and in some events carry a 20kg load of bananas, as featured below in the Hanga Vare Vare relay race. Iconically, the finish line to this race was at the foot of one of the island’s distinctive moai statues – Ahu Riata.

The article and photos were written during a three week stay on the island during the Tapati festival: A cultural celebration of traditional sport, handicraft, dance, drama and music. Publications also at BBC Travel (slow to load) and Picture of The Day at The Guardian.

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 [:es]In the current issue (May, 2016) of Men’s Running there’s a story about one of the world’s remotest people.

Runners of Rapa Nui singular with press

…So remote in fact that for 500 years they thought they were the only people left on Earth.

Yet regardless of outside influence, the runners of Rapa Nui take their sport incredibly seriously. They compete in the traditional hami loincloth and in some events carry a 20kg load of bananas, as featured below in the Hanga Vare Vare relay race. Iconically, the finish line to this race was at the foot of one of the island’s distinctive moai statues – Ahu Riata.

The article and photos were written during a three week stay on the island for the Tapati festival: A cultural celebration of traditional sport, handicraft, dance, drama and music. Publications also at BBC Travel (slow to load) and Picture of The Day at The Guardian.

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A crazy sport created by isolation / BBC Travel

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Rapa Nui people believed for 500 years they were the only people left on Earth.

The BBC were interested in how the Rapa Nui’s February festival of Tapati expresses the character and story of these remote island people. I spent three weeks on Easter island. This article for BBC Travel explores what I found.

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Men’s Fitness magazine / Vertical Kilometre Feature

[:en]Living in the Andes, it’s easy to forget that not everyone leaves their front door and starts running uphill.

Men's Fitness Dropped Caps text - Vertcial KMMen’s Fitness magazine UK got in contact because they wanted an inspiring introduction to the Vertical Kilometre race – the new standard in endurance sport, where the finish line is 1,000metres higher than the starting point. 

The article is an around the world odyssey of mountain running, with stops in the French Alps, Canada, Patagonia and the Scottish Highlands. I also get my proverbial handed to me along the way by septuagenarians and schoolchildren.

Photos were secured from perhaps the most incredible VK race in the World – The Ultra Trail Torres del Paine. Interviewees include World Champion Urban Zemmer, Nikki Kimball, Jeff Browning, Paul Navesey, Shane Ohly and World Sky Running Director Lauri Van Houten.

[:es]Living in the Andes, it’s easy to forget that not everyone leaves their front door and starts running uphill.

Men's Fitness Dropped Caps text - Vertcial KMMen’s Fitness magazine UK got in contact because they wanted an inspiring introduction to the Vertical Kilometre race – the new standard in endurance sport, where the finish line is 1,000metres higher than the starting point. 

The article is an around the world odyssey of mountain running, with stops in the French Alps, Canada, Patagonia and the Scottish Highlands. I also get my proverbial handed to me along the way by septuagenarians and schoolchildren.

Photos were secured from perhaps the most incredible VK race in the World – The Ultra Trail Torres del Paine. Interviewees include World Champion Urban Zemmer, Nikki Kimball, Jeff Browning, Paul Navesey, Shane Ohly and World Sky Running Director Lauri Van Houten.) 

You can read the unabridged article here online.

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