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Alex covered a distance of 10 million metres (6,214 miles) across some of the Earth’s toughest terrain by running, cycling, swimming, kayaking and climbing an epic distance where only the races count and every second fighting Parkinson’s disease.
All it took was a cup of coffee to change Alex’s life forever and set in motion the indomitable will and desire that lead him to realise an astonishing adventure that Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE has described as “seriously hard”. An experienced speaker, whether for a keynote address, conference, school or community events, Alex’s presentations have brought humor, insight and adventure to audiences around the world.
Alex is a father of three sons and an adventurer and writer. As a consequence of his many adventures, undertaken as part of his 10MillionMetres challenge, speaking in over 16 countries worldwide, film production, and more, you can also say he is an extensive and experienced world traveller.
He was diagnosed with the currently incurable Parkinson’s disease in 2008. This became the catalyst in his life for showing people the possibility of creating positive change in the face of adversity. In doing so, he has motivated, entertained and inspired audiences across five continents.
Alex has run, swum and cycled more than 10 million meters accumitavely including by:
- Competing the legendary Marathon des Sables
- Running 160 miles across the Bavarian Alps in 52 hours
- Running 1,735 miles from London to Rome in 30 days to meet the Pope, 400 miles of which was run with a fractured tibia
- Running 3,256 miles from Santa Monica to New York in 35 days
- Crossing 200km of the Amazon jungle, climbing and running 90km of the Dolomites and 236km across the Colorado Rockies, all within eight weeks
- Braving a 450km Artic expedition in Sweden's Kungsdleden in temperatures of -29 degrees, while pulling a 135lb sledge and wearing a 10kg backpack
Alex faces his fears head on, all the whle raising £380,000 for charities including Cure Parkinson's and Spotlight YOPD. Alex co-founded the latter charity himself to ensure younger people with the disease have a dedicated resource to access support.
With a unique and uplifting perspective on life, adventure, travel and the world, he has used this skillset as a writer, contributing to magazines and newspapers, and also when speaking and presenting to companies, teams of employees, and industry leaders.
Alex’s adventures remain incredible feats of courage and determination. The ideals passions, dreams and ultimately his achievements show us what we can all achieve with belief and vision of purpose.
EY UK&I leadership team
Olivier Bazin - Thames Valley Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN)
Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE