Heights of Madness (published by Metro Books in August 2009) was my first book (also available as an ebook), written following a three-month journey between the highest points in the UK’s 92 historic counties in 2006.
My second book, Isles at the Edge of the Sea, was published on May 31, 2011. The book is a travelogue following a land and sea journey around the west coast islands of Scotland, starting from Arran and culminating on St Kilda.
A Cicerone guidebook, The UK’s County Tops: Reaching the Top of 91 Historic Counties, providing detailed route information, maps and photographs, about the places I visited for Heights of Madness was published on September 15, 2011.
I have previously worked as a journalist at newspapers in Cheltenham and Peterborough, and most recently for the Press and Journal in Inverness. I now live in London, where I work as a secondary school English teacher.
Away from writing and teaching, I am a runner. In 2012, I entered the world of ultra-running, competing in the 61-mile Fellsman and completing the 66-mile Bob Graham Round in the Lake District in 19 hours and 33 minutes. Later that summer, I rowed the English Channel in a gig as part of a team of four undertaking the challenge of running, rowing and cycling from London to Paris. In 2013, I became the fastest person to complete the 66-mile Vanguard Way from Newhaven to East Croydon in 10 hours, 47 minutes.
The blog Heights of Madness – opposed to the eponymous book – focuses on the physical challenges of the outdoors, be it rowing the English Channel, climbing Munros in Scotland or running marathons. In June 2013, Heights of Madness was recommended by the Guardian’s Running Blog.