Last year I had the pleasure of trotting through the Commonwealth with Mark Beaumont, Scottish cyclist, adventurer, television presenter and endurance athlete. I had to run to keep up.
But none the less, over late 2013 and early 2014, I worked with Mark on 4 continents and through 42 nations and territories, as we both accompanied the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Mark was presenting a programme for BBC and I was the photojournalist on assignment covering the baton relay, and taking care of the story-telling side of things with the Twitter feed and writing a daily blog.
Now I’m pleased to team up with Mark again to do a little more work. In just less than a month’s time Mark sets off once more on travels, to cycle from Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town in South Africa…and not just cycle it, but to break the speed record for that route. With the world record currently standing at 59 days and 8 hours, Mark hopes to complete the arduous 10,000km route in 50 days! You can read more about the upcoming trip, called Africa Solo, on Mark Beaumont’s website and in due course once it begins you’ll be able to follow his route and journey updated by GPS every 30minutes. It’s bound to be a great adventure and trip and I’m sure it’ll make for great reading and viewing, and of course I hope you join me in wishing Mark all the best on the journey, and on raising sponsorship for Orkidstudio (a humanitarian architecture and construction charity that Mark is proud to be Patron for) that the trip supports! Send Mark a message of support on his Twitter.
I recently caught up with Mark to discuss his trip and to shoot a few photographs for him of his intensive training in the Glasgow Velodrome. Here’s a few, including a multi-coloured portrait shot one evening in Turks and Caicos on our previous assignment together… I’ll be posting more about Mark and this trip in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.