Atlantic rower Fergus Scholes takes on the 300km Wadi Rum Ultra run for British Exploring
02 September 2016 10:52
Fergus Scholes is the Head of Business Development for Avaunt, the adventure magazine created by our patron and Polar Explorer Ben Saunders with Dan Crowe. Fergus is also an explorer in his own right, having successfully rowed the 3,000 miles of the Atlantic in 2013 as part of a team of four in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
Stepping up to his next challenge, Fergus sets off for Jordan on Saturday afternoon to attempt the Wadi Rum Ultra run to raise awareness and funds for British Exploring. Labelled as ‘The World’s Toughest Footrace’ and with 300km being covered over 5 days (Monday to Friday), we aren’t going to argue with the claim.
Our Digital Marketing Specialist, Steve Jones, had the opportunity to speak with Fergus before his flight on Saturday and this is what he found out..
Hi Fergus, please can give us an idea of your background?
I am originally from Yorkshire, Huddersfield, but aged around 12 moved to Dorset which has been my family’s home ever since. I moved to London around 10 years ago after university where I have worked as a surveyor, stock broker, and now in magazines!
Can you talk about your experience rowing the Atlantic?
I rowed to a good standard at school, winning National School’s Championships, so fitness and sport has been ingrained into me since a young age. For many years I then didn’t do much other than general keeping fit, but then in the summer of 2013 an opportunity came up to row the Atlantic with 3 other guys in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. I set about training, and preparing and fund raising for this big campaign, and we set off from the Canary Islands mid-December, and arrived in Antigua 48 days later at the end of January having rowed 3,000 miles through pretty treacherous seas.
How did you end up signing up for the Wadi Rum Ultra?
Since then I seem to have turned my hand at running, and kicked things off with the London Marathon in 2015, where I got 3 hours 0 mins and 30 seconds (very disappointed to have missed out on sub 3 hour time!). I have kept running, and decided this summer to enter into the Wadi Rum Ultra “The World’s Toughest Footrace”.
I have been running nearly every day for a couple of months, and the longest training run or indeed run I have ever done is 60km. The longest on the Wadi Rum Ultra is 100km, and there is a 80km, so it’s a little untried and tested at the moment.
Why you have chosen to support British Exploring?
My friend, colleague, amazing explorer and one of your patrons Ben Saunders bought British Exploring to my attention. I am fortunate enough to have had the support from my friends and family to have allowed me to go off to off on some amazing trips and adventures to open my eyes up to the world, and give me confidence and life lessons and experiences which have no doubt helped in my personal and working life. I think it is wonderful that British Exploring provide the opportunity to young adults, in their formative years, to have these experiences that will then be in their DNA for the rest of their lives and no doubt help in many ways.
If you would like to support Fergus, you can kindly donate on his Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.
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