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Living life outside of my comfort zone

About

About_TobiasMews

How to begin? It’s not only the hardest part for a journalist, but also incredibly hard for me to describe what I do.

 

I call myself an adventure journalist – a title founded on the principal that I write about the great outdoors and adventure sports. But I’m so much more than that: I could also call myself an author, motivational speaker, consultant, copywriter, blogger, video journalist, filmmaker, TV presenter and producer. But I think adventure journalist best sums up what I do.

 

However, I also refer to myself as an adventure athlete – which essentially means that I compete in adventurous endurance challenges – whether that be tackling the world’s toughest ironman distance triathlon, running ultra marathons around Mont Blanc, cycling the length and breadth of the country or swim running across islands in Sweden’s Archipelago.

 

Indeed, I could argue that I have a symbiotic relationship between my career as an adventure journalist and that as an elite level adventure athlete. One can’t live without the other. A curse and a blessing when the line between hobby and career become blurred.

But it means that I write with passion and enthusiasm for my subject – which essentially involves getting out of my comfort zone and exploring the world through adventure sports. And most importantly, I rarely write about anything I’ve not experienced.

1315

miles run in 2015

180981

feet climbed in 2015

50000

people engaged monthly

A few of the things

I’VE BEEN UP TO IN 2016

Brand Ambassador_MINI
GREAT BRITISH MINI ADVENTURE

As one of the worst storms in history hits the UK, I toured all 15 of the UK’s national parks, in winter, completing a ‘Race-it-Yourself’ styled micro adventure challenge in each. This was in partnership with MINI, for whom I was a Countryman Ambassador.

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RAN 200KMS THROUGH TRANSFRONTIER AI-AIS RICHTERSVELD NATIONAL PARK

It’s the oldest mountain desert in the world. And possibly one of the most unique places on earth. I was privileged to run in the Richtersveld WildRun – a 200km, 5 day stage race. By some fluke, I came 2nd overall and the Male winner.

 

You’ll be able to read about it in the November issue of Runner’s World UK.

Proud to be

Supported by

MINI Brand Ambassador

OS #GetOutside Champion

A few of the races I’ve done

Achievements

I’ve competed in over 200 races in the past 10 years and only once have I ever Did Not Finished (DNFd). Not bad considering I only started running at the age of 28.

 

  • 2nd Richtersveld WildRun 2016 (200kms, 5 days)
  • 3rd Iznik Ultra 80k 2016
  • 4th= Heroes Ultra (97 miles) 2016
  • Finisher Ecotrail de Paris 2015
  • Finisher GODZone Adventure Race, Chapter 3 2014
  • Finisher Dragon’s Back Race 2015
  • Finisher Transvulcania Ultra 2015
  • Finisher Material Island Ultra Trail 2015
  • Finisher OtillO Swim Run World Championships 2014
  • Bill Rowen Medal – Comrades Marathon 2013
  • 7 x sub 3-hr marathons with a PB of 2:49
  • 173rd in 31hrs34mins, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 2013 (168kms/9,600m of ascent)
  • 15th Overall in Marathon des Sables 2013 (3rd British Finisher & the 5th highest placing by a Brit in history at that time)
  • Top British Finisher (21st overall), Marathon des Sables 2011
  • 2nd, Race to the Stones (100km)
  • 2nd, Jungle Ultra 2012, 230kms across the Amazon in Peru
  • 3rd, Highland Perthshire Marathon 2012
  • Finisher Deloitte Ride Across Britain (982 miles John O’Groats to Land’s End)
  • Finisher Coast to Coast in a Day Sportive (150 miles from Seascale to Whitby)
  • Black T-Shirt finisher – Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2011 – the world’s toughest iron distance triathlon.
  • 7th Age Group, Challenge Henley 2011, (10hrs38)
  • Finisher Ironman UK 2010 (11hrs37)
  • Finisher Extrememan Salou Costa-Daurada 224 long distance triathlon 2011 (11hrs52)
  • Finisher ABSA Cape Epic (800kms, 8 days) 2012, 296th placing out of 600
  • GORE-TEX Transalpine Run 2010, 320kms in 8 days, 15th individual finisher
  • Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race 2010, 125 miles – Finished in 25hrs
  • 4th, The Druid Challenge Ridgeway Multistage Ultra 2009, 84 Miles
  • 2nd Hellrunner 2011 (5th 2010, 9th 2009)
  • 2nd Knacker Cracker 12k 2012 (3rd 2011)
  • 1st Brockwell Park Run 2010 (course record holder for 16 weeks)
  • 2nd Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series Final – the Edge 2011
  • 3rd Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – South Devon Ultra (35 miles) 2011
  • 5th Brutal 10 2010
  • 4th Grim Challenge 2010
  • 5th Leatherhead 10k 2011
  • 4th Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon 2013
  • 5th Black Death Run 2013

 

I’m not one to chase PB’s as most of the races I do are off-road or non-standard distance.  But for those who like to benchmark people on times, here they are:

 

  • 5k – 16:54 – (Brockwell Park 2010)
  • 10k – 34:47 – (Run in the Dark London 2012)
  • 10 Mile – 1:01 (Cabbage Patch 2009)
  • Half Marathon – 1:16:38  (Reading 2011)
  • Marathon – 2:49:58 (London 2010)
  • Sprint Distance Triathlon – 1:18 (Windsor Triathlon 2010)
  • Olympic Distance Triathlon – 2:31 (Upton Triathlon 2010)
  • Middle Distance Triathlon – 5:11 (Beaver Triathlon 2010)
  • Ironman – 10:37 (Challenge Henley 2011)

 

I’ve done some pretty fabulous ones in my time.  But these are my all time favourites:

 

  • OtillO SwimRun
  • Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc
  • Transvulcania
  • Cape Epic
  • The Marathon des Sables
  • Coast to Coast in a Day Sportive
  • Dragon’s Back Race