Friday 28th September 2018

Who Is This Guy?

Well, exactly. Who am I?

I’m not entirely sure I’ve fully worked that one out for myself yet but, for what it’s worth, here’s what I think I know so far…

Slightly in denial about my age but equally disconcerted by the lack of miles left on the clock for us ‘tail-end baby-boomers’, I’m an avid motorcyclist living a ‘Men Behaving Badly’ lifestyle in the vain hope that it makes me look younger than I actually am.

To Southerners I’m a bit of a Geordie but to Northerners I’m a soft Southerner, so I live and work in London in a semi-permanent state of confused displacement but forever grateful for my northern origins.

I am a Gunner, a skier, a sailor, occasional golfer, a keen traveller and I’m fanatical about good jazz and film.

Father to a wonderful 26 year-old son who lives close to my Battersea home and shares many interests and the odd cold beer with me, I’m lucky enough to have a lovely girlfriend whose unconditional love is a constant inspiration and whose gorgeous daughter is a daily delight.

My professional background includes a spell in Nuclear Design Engineering and over 25 years in the travel industry but now I develop ‘lead generation’ web sites for a handful of blue chip clients and I help a London property company run a beach resort hotel in Patras, Greece and a ‘hostel’ in London.

Why Enduro Africa?

I rode my first motorbike – a BSA Bantam 125 – when I was just 14 years old. Now, some 40 years later,  time may have taken its toll on my reflexes and my eyesight may be weakened but my enthusiasm for biking remains undiminished. I still get a huge thrill out of mounting my trusty Honda Pan European and burning up a few miles, even on a daily commute to work.

Ever since I saw the great movie ‘Motorcycle Diaries’, I have fantasised about taking my Pan overseas to follow in the tyre-tracks of Ernesto Guevara in a tour of Latin America. It’s still very much on my ‘wish list’ and I hope I still have the time, stamina and opportunity to fulfil the dream before I finally hang up my motorcycling gloves.

More recently, after watching some harrowing scenes of poverty on tv during Comic Relief 2011, I realised it was time for me to get off my backside and get involved. I had already noticed Enduro Africa’s advertising in various magazines and, naturally, the opportunity to combine a motorcycling endurance challenge with fundraising for four directly relevant charities had immense appeal. The fact that all four charities focus on improving the lives of some of the poorest and most unfortunate African children only served to make me even more determined to get out of my comfort zone and do my bit.



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