Ben is one of the world’s leading polar explorers and a recording-breaking long-distance skier having covered more than 7,000 km – 4,350 miles – on foot in the Polar Regions since 2001.
Ben describes himself as a “…slightly slower, longer-distance sort of professional athlete!”.
Ben has spent nearly 20 years leading expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica. He holds the record for the longest ever polar journey on foot, set with his teammate Tarka L’Herpiniere between 2013 and 2014 in Antarctica. On that journey the two covered 69 back-to-back marathons in 105 days, dragging sledges that weighed 200kg each.
As a result, Ben has had a keen interest in human performance for many years, as he explains “I came back from that expedition pretty exhausted – I lost 23kg in three-and-a-half months…”
Alongside his many accomplishments, Ben is also a keynote speaker, described by TED as ‘a master storyteller’, he’s an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and a patron and fellow of British Exploring, as well as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Like many athletes, Ben’s plans for 2020-21 have been shelved but he’s keen to stay motivated and focused by entering the 2021 Paris Marathon in April next year. Ben has run several marathons having achieved a PB of 2hrs 55 mins and 18 secs and is now keen to beat that target next spring.
To help him prepare Ben is using Forth Edge tests to create a baseline to help improve his performance as he increases his training load over the Autumn and Winter months.
You can learn more about Ben’s achievements on his website.