Mark has been adventuring from a young age and boasts a list of achievements across many sports including cycling, rowing and mountaineering.
It’s a natural partnership – Kukri and Mark both share a passion for adventure and inspiring people to be the best they can be, following their dreams through sport and physical activity.
Fittingly, our first joint endeavour will be the introduction of the Kukri Adventure Scholarship, which will inspire and support aspiring adventurers as they bid to make their dreams a reality.
Mark grew up on a farm in Scotland and from the start had a taste for challenge and adventure. At the age of 12 he cycled the Coast to Coast in Scotland and then whilst still at school cycled Lands End to John O’Groats.
These early adventures sowed the seed for a lifetime of adventure.
In 2008 Mark broke the World Record for cycling around the world, covering 18,297 miles on a 194 day odyssey. Along the way he filmed a documentary for the BBC and then on his return wrote a bestselling book about his journey.
Marks next highly ambitious project was the cycle the 15,000 mile length of the America’s stopping off to climb North America’s highest peak Mt McKinley in Alaska and Aconcagua in Argentina.
There were many ambitious targets for this trip but one of the most was the aim to climb these two great mountains in one season, it can take many attempts just to climb one of them.
Once again Mark made a BBC documentary of his trip and wrote a hugely successful book on his return.
Next up Mark decided to swap his bike for a boat and joined an expedition as a crew member and documentary maker on a world first to row to the 1996 magnetic North Pole.
This expedition was only possible because of ice melt due to climate change and Mark’s documentary helped to highlight this issue.
Following the success of the arctic row Mark joined a Kukri sponsored team hoping to break the world record to row across the Atlantic.
Despite seriously unfavourable weather conditions Mark and the team rowed 2 hours shifts for 24 hours a day made incredible progress and were in sight of the record when on day 28 a freak wave capsized their boat and the crew had to fight for their lives to recover life rafts and emergency equipment before the boat went down. After 14 hours in the life raft and a dangerous night time rescue they were picked up by a cargo vessel and 10 days later delivered safely to Gibraltar.