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Taken to the Edge: Mark Beaumont

World-record-holding adventurer and broadcaster Mark Beaumont has become a household name with his documentaries about ultra endurance and adventure. Having smashed the circumnavigation cycling world record twice in his career, he now holds the 18,000 mile title in a time of 78 days and 14 hours, averaging 240 miles a day. He once survived capsizing while rowing the Atlantic.

 

Mark Beaumont was speaking as part of the Cloud Edge speaker series. The ultra-limited edition Cloud Edge was made to push boundaries. The series features pioneers from a variety of fields that are taking their craft to the Edge. 

 

Q&A: Mark Beaumont 

To what do you attribute your success? 

Mark Beaumont: I’m 6'3" and 90kg, so you wouldn’t ever say I was born to be an ultra-endurance athlete and record breaker – my success has been the ability to set my own targets rather than trying to beat next best, and my passion for broadcast and sharing the adventures.

 

What role does running / physical exercise play in your life? 

As an athlete, training is at the heart of my life, and because I do ultra-endurance, injury prevention is my greatest concern, so I run a lot, on and off road, to keep my knees and ankles strong. Plus, it’s one of the most time-efficient forms of exercise I can do if I have a busy day.

 

What advice would you give to someone looking to take their work to the edge? 

Taking your work to the edge is all about growing behind your technical ability. I try and live by the line, be valued for who you are and not just what you do. Confidence, network, experience, the ability to perform under pressure, clear communication, these are all attributes that happen when you grow beyond your training and you feel like you are in the driving seat of your work.