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Toughest Race On Earth With James Cracknell


Cracknell began rowing whilst attending the independent Kingston Grammar School[1] and rowed at the Junior World Championships in 1989 and 1990, winning a gold medal in 1990. He graduated from the University of Reading as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Human Geography in 1993, followed by a PGCE at the Institute of Education and a Master of Science (MSc) from Brunel University in 1999.[2] Moving into the senior squad, Cracknell made numerous appearances in the World Rowing Championships; however, he did not win any medals prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics. He qualified in the double scull for the 1996 Games, but fell ill with tonsillitis and was unable to race.[3] In 1997, he won a seat in the men's coxless fours, with Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and Tim Foster. With this crew, he won the World Rowing Championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999 (with Ed Coode replacing the injured Foster), and finally the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In August 2000, the month prior to winning gold in Sydney, he took part in a 3-part BBC documentary entitled Gold Fever. This followed the coxless four team in the years leading up to the Olympics, including video diaries recording the highs and lows in their quest for gold.




Toughest Race On Earth With James Cracknell



Six months after his cycling accident which damaged his frontal lobe (see below), Cracknell competed in the Yukon Arctic Ultra. He finished second in the 430-mile race across the frozen Alaskan countryside, beaten only by British cyclist Alan Sheldon who beat Cracknell's 163:20 with his own 99:30.[12] Cracknell's participation in the race was filmed for the documentary The Coldest Race on Earth aired on the Discovery Channel.[13]He ran the 2012 London Marathon in just under three hours, one of the fastest celebrities, but behind Nell McAndrew.


In January 2009, Cracknell took part in the Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race with his TV presenter friend Ben Fogle and Dr Ed Coats as members of Team QinetiQ,[21] finishing in second, 20 hours behind the winning Norwegian team.[22] The race and the reasons behind was broadcast on BBC Television during summer 2009 in the series On Thin Ice. The trio raised funds for the children's medical research charity Sparks, chosen as the charity partner in memory of Cracknell's niece, Eva, who died at six days old after suffering oxygen deprivation at birth.[23]


Each participant has to bring their own bag, which they will be running with on their backs, containing survival gear, and a pre-agreed minimum amount of calories from food to get them through each stage of the race.


In the morning I had granola with protein powder and water. Very chalky and not appetising, but I find it hard to eat first thing in the morning on the best of days and with us running early (8 am), the fast-ingesting carbs, along with the protein to help repair the previous damage done turned out to be a good choice to get going once that intimidating race gun went off.


A guy from Sunderland (a neighbouring city to my birthplace, Durham) checked up on me with a few miles to go and chatting with him helped me forget about my predicament for a fleeting moment. These random acts of kindness and consideration for the welfare of others were commonplace during the daily races of the Marathon des Sables.


The painkillers could only do so much, and I had to just ignore the aches. I started the race with a very slow run to conserve my energy, running with Eamonn for a few hours. He was a really strong runner and it pushed my limits, but I happily covered a lot of ground while keeping up with him.


The last section was through a dune field where I was pushing the pace ridiculously hard for the last few minutes of such a long race. I crossed the line with nothing left for 2nd place in the stage around 11 mins behind El Mouaziz and 46 seconds ahead of Carlos which confirmed my 5th place overall in 21 Hrs 30 mins which was 1 hr 2 mins behind Rachid who won his 2nd MdS. I received my medal alongwith a kiss from Patrick before heading off to the admin tent to collapse whilst waiting for a full kit check.


When James Cracknell and Ben Fogle decided to compete in the Atlantic Rowing Race, they thought they knew what awaited them: nearly three thousand miles of empty ocean, stormy weather and colossal physical stress. But their epic journey would become at times, a living hell that tested the strength of every fibre of their being. Yet, forty-seven days later, James and Ben were the first pair to cross the finishing line - overtaking one of the four-man teams in the process - becoming the first British pair ever to win the race. They pushed themselves physically, psychologically and emotionally to the limit. They survived without water rations for two days, lost the few clothes they had in a freak wave, capsized, hallucinated, wept, fought, played games, grew beards, nursed blisters and rowed 2,930 miles. They will never be the same again.


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_OC_InitNavbar("child_node":["title":"Ma bibliothèque","url":" =114584440181414684107\u0026hl=fr\u0026source=gbs_lp_bookshelf_list","id":"my_library","collapsed":true,"title":"Mon historique","url":"","id":"my_history","collapsed":true,"title":"Livres sur Google Play","url":" ","id":"ebookstore","collapsed":true],"highlighted_node_id":"");Race to the Pole: Conquering Antarctica in the world's toughest endurance raceBen Fogle, James CracknellPan Macmillan, 11 déc. 2009 - 352 pages 0 AvisLes avis ne sont pas validés, mais Google recherche et supprime les faux contenus lorsqu'ils sont identifiésNew Year's Day, 2009. Somewhere on the bottom of the world, six teams of adventurers and explorers have gathered to race one another, on foot, to the South Pole. It is the first time that anyone has undertaken such a race in almost a hundred years; the first time since the great Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, beat Captain Scott to the same goal in 1911. The stakes are high, as double-Olympic Gold-winning medallist James Cracknell and TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle must contend with hidden crevasses, frostbite and the favourites to win: a team of teak-hard former soldiers from Norway, trained in Arctic warfare. Temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees Celsius lie in store for the teams as they attempt to ski across 800 kilometres of unforgiving, icy wilderness, pulling behind them sledges laden with equipment, tents and food. Race to the Pole is a rip-roaring 'boy's own' adventure packed with excitement, humour and even a few tears. But with just a few months to learn to cross-country ski before the start, and with national pride at stake, can Ben and James re-write history and beat the Norwegians?


In 2005, he rowed across the Atlantic in a seven-metre boat with Ben Fogle; a year later he ran the London Marathon in three hours and he has competed in the London Triathlon. Two years ago, he took part in the first attempt to recreate Robert Scott's doomed 1911 race to the Antartic and last August he tried to break the mixed tandem record from John O'Groats to Land's End.


But he was good at running, and at 13 was competing in 1,500m races at national schools level. Later he switched to cross-country with Lewes Athletics, but not until joining the army from school in 2011 was he bitten terminally by the running bug.


He attributes his cycling helmet as the reason for surviving a collision with a petrol tanker. Despite his life changing brain injury, Cracknell was back on the tracks just sixth months later, competing in the Yukon Arctic Ultra, a race across the frozen Alaskan countryside. He would finish second, before finishing the 2012 London Marathon in under three hours. In 2018, after enrolling for a MPhil degree at Cambridge University, Cracknell competed in the 2019 Boat Race, becoming the oldest rower in the illustrious history of the competition, at the age of 46. Also in 2019, he partnered up with Luba Mushtuk to participate in BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Today, his experiences make him one of the most compelling motivational speakers in the UK. Ideal for university, school and corporate events, James Cracknell is an inspiration to teams no matter their field.


Only two years later in 2008, James paired up with Ben Fogle again, this time alongside Dr Ed Coats, to take part in the gruelling Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race, which they successfully completed. This adventure was also broadcast on the BBC in 5 1 hour, prime-time Sunday night programmes, and was called On Thin Ice. Again, James wrote about this experience in his book, Race to the Pole. In 2010 he completed the Marathon des Sables, which consists of the completing the equivalent of six marathons in six days. He then went on to complete the Yukon Arctic Ultra, cycling over 430 miles in the race across the frozen Alaskan countryside. 041b061a72


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