Monday 15 th November - Currie Rugby Club - 7.30 pm
Mark Beaumont
Around the World in 80 Days
Mark Beaumont has made a career of world firsts and records in over 130 nations and territories; made documentaries over 15 years, and has published 5 books. Having cycled around the World twice, he established this 18,000-mile record in 78 days and 14 hours – achieving the famous ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ for the first time by bicycle. Mark lives in Edinburgh and makes weekly escapes to the Pentlands by foot and on bike - and the last 18 months has allowed him to explore and appreciate our city in new ways. Whilst best known for adventures on two wheels, Mark’s record breaking journeys have been through the high Arctic, mountaineering and ocean rowing, including surviving a capsize in the mid-Atlantic and he was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Years honours for contributions to sport and charity. Jules Verne’s Victorian fiction was the inspiration for Mark’s biggest record-breaking challenge. From his ‘Swallows and Amazons’ like childhood, and being home schooled in rural Perthshire, he’ll talk about much about the people, places and experiences which have shaped a lifetime of adventure as the sport and ‘business’ of record breaking. For anyone who has had the pleasure of hearing Mark speak before, they will know that this is not just for the cycling enthusiasts – it is a story for anyone who enjoys the wanderlust of travel adventures and wild places and stories of teamwork and enterprise. Aside from riding far and fast, Mark’s keen interest in history has also created many fascinating projects, from recreating the first Tour de France of 1903 to reliving the WW11 special forces operations ‘The Cockleshell Heroes’ and taking on the oldest cycling record there is, the penny farthing hour. Lockdown has given Mark and his family a whole new appreciation of home, and his talk reflects on his learning from running every street in Edinburgh, as well as creating a nationwide campaign to ‘explore your boundaries’ which became a way for people to find new trails, whilst also being a metaphor for pushing themselves in new adventures whilst travel was restricted. Mark has written five books, which will be available for signing - and is in the process of writing another, this time about sports psychology. For more information see: @MrMarkBeaumont on Twitter and Instagram
How to get there: Currie Rugby Club, Malleny Park, Balerno EH14 7AF
Monday 15 th - Monday 22 nd November