ADVENTURES

YouTube Phenomenen

RACING THE

DOCKLANDS LIGHT

RAILWAY

Running the World

7 MARATHONS

ON 7 CONTINENTS

IN 7 DAYS

70 YEARS ON

THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF D-DAY

The Science of D-Day

TRAVEL CHANNEL SERIES:

MAN VS WORLD

No rest for the Wicked

Stripping Down

ENGINEERING

GIANTS

BEN & JERRY'S

CLIMATE CHANGE COLLEGE

Flippin' Freezing

YouTube Phenomenen

RACING THE DOCKLANDS
LIGHT 
RAILWAY

There are these guys on YouTube who got over 6 million views when one of them raced the tube from Mansion House to Cannon Street - and won! They’re James Heptonstall and Noel Carroll. Good guys. And they’ve done a few transport-based races around the world since that first masterpiece. In June 2015, Rob teamed up with them to take on London’s DLR. The distance and speeds involved were too much for one person, so they formed a relay team (with a 4th member - Will Seracold - one of James’ England Touch Rugby teammates).  After hours of research with OS maps, trundle wheels and many timed journeys between stations, the course was fully recce’d. When the big day finally came around, the boys took on 2 separate races - the results of which you can see in the YouTube clips alongside here.  Watch the videos to see the outcomes, but safe to say Rob was absolutely cream crackered at the end of it. This is a completely different kind of running to what he’s used to!

 

7 Marathons, 7 Continents, 7 Days

RUNNING THE WORLD

Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first back in 2003 and of it he said:

“In retrospect I wouldn’t have done it. I wouldn’t do it again.” 

 

In January 2015, after 12 months in the planning together with 5 mates, Rob ran 42.2km on all 7 continents in 7 consecutive days. At the time, there were less than 50 people in the world ever to have completed the 777 Marathon Challenge.  From the ice and snow of Antarctica to the oppressive heat and humidity of Singapore, they ran. The only recovery and sleep came in airport departure lounges and on long haul flights in economy. The logistics of this endeavour were as challenging as the running itself. Any other time available was spent eating, rehydrating and icing those niggling injuries. As amateur enthusiast endurance athletes this challenge was the ultimate in seeing just how far they could push their bodies. And they pushed them all the way around the world. They raised money for 2 charities who help provide access to sport and physical activity for kids with mental and physical disabilities; KEEN London in the UK and the John Maclean Foundation in Australia. They have raised over £100,000.

 

The Science of D-Day

70 YEARS ON:

THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF D-DAY

Seventy years ago one of the greatest amphibious assaults in history was launched from the south coast of England. And within a matter of hours, 7000 vessels had landed 156,000 troops on the beaches of Normandy. It was a manoeuvre that changed the course of the war and tested innovations in science and engineering for the first time.  In this half hour documentary Rob explores some of the technology devised for such an undertaking and met some of the D-Day veterans who travelled across the Channel to fight on those beaches. 

 

No Rest for the Wikced

TRAVEL CHANNEL SERIES:

MAN VS WORLD

Summer 2013 had Rob roaming the globe taking on various physical challenges for his brand new Travel Channel series Man Vs World. In each episode Rob set out on a day-long, point to point journey using many different methods of transport  - but no engines were allowed. Rob got around using 25 different modes of transport and physical exertion over the 6 episodes by land, by sea and by air. Some were fast and fun. Others were technical and strenuous. All were exhilarating and in some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. There were definite highs and lows during the filming. One particular moment of glory was after completing his first ever bungee jump - on the world’s largest bridge bungee, on the Garden Route in South Africa. But that was before being asked by his director to do it again for more shots.  And Rob remembers one of his low points on a 15km run along a ridge between the Polish and Czech Republic borders. He’d been told the terrain was smooth and flat once he hit the ridge. In fact, it was anything but - with numerous false peaks, rocky and uneven ground under foot and a distance longer than 15km. This was such a challenge for Rob as he’d only just finished a 90km road cycle in the mountains with a Czech Professional Racing Team. The lowest point of all though came at the end of filming - knowing it was all done. #Bestjobever

 
 

Stripping it back

ENGINEERING GIANTS

For the first 4 months of 2012, Rob was on location across the UK (& a bit in Belgium) filming the brand new BBC 2 series “Engineering Giants” with the brilliant Lion Television, and hilarious co-host and stand-up comedian Tom Wrigglesworth.  The series takes a very close and intimate look at some of the world’d biggest machines, which know it or not, affect all of our day-to-day lives: a Jumbo Jet Boeing - 747, a cross-Channel ferry and a North Sea Oil platform. Each episode has something for everyone; whether you’re interested in the engineering and the machines themselves, or the lifestyles and dynamics of the engineers involved. Getting up close and personal with the machines was one thing, but the skills and characters of the engineers was something else. It’s extremely humbling to meet people who have so much pride in their work.  One of the most fun and interesting projects he’s ever worked on, it’s left Rob hungry to do more of the same.

 

Flipping Freezing

BEN & JERRY'S

CLIMATE CHANGE COLLEGE

In 2007 Rob was selected from thousands of applicants across Europe as the UK’s Climate Change Ambassador for ice cream enthusiasts Ben & Jerry’s as part of their Climate Change College.  With access to world class climate scientists and communication gurus, Rob created and ran his own climate change campaign called Unpluggit - focussing on energy wasting mobile phone chargers. The highlight of his 12 months ambassadorship came in the form of a 3 week adventure to the Arctic to witness first hand the changes taking place in one of the planets’s most sensitive environments. Sleeping in snow holes, trekking across glaciers and speaking with leading field work scientists, it remains one of the most inspirational experiences.

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FIONA KIMBELL
Arlington Management Limited
3rd Floor, 37 Great Portland Street
London, W1W 8QH
Tel: 020 7580 0702

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