Mark Beaumont

Athlete, broadcaster & ambassador

Celebrating a decade of world firsts, pushing ultra endurance, sharing inspiring journeys and helping businesses to perform.

Mark Beaumont’s documentaries, events and books about ultra endurance and adventure have taken audiences to over 100 countries. Outside of sport and broadcasting, Mark is a business ambassador and speaker, as well as working with a number of charities and educational organisations.

Speaking Engagements

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Mark speaking with event agency NMP Live, sharing the secrets of his world-record-breaking career, as part of their exclusive interview series. Mark is a hugely experienced keynote and after-dinner speaker, as well as running leadership development workshops with a wide range of businesses and organisations.

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Corporate Ambassador and Advisor

Mark brings his passion, experience and network to a portfolio of corporate businesses, working with each to look after their community and develop their teams. These ongoing roles are separate from expedition sponsors, but as long term relations also benefit from the profile and ambition of Mark’s career in sport and television.

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The leading UK regional mid-market private equity house and part of Lloyds Banking Group. Mark is the first Corporate Ambassador for LDC, having worked with the company since 2007. This role involves regular events, both with the LDC team and their business community as well as leading charity cycling events including Lands End to John O’Groats, London to Paris in 24 hours and the Trois Etapes. LDC have also sponsored the World, Rowing the Arctic and Africa Solo expeditions. SSE plc is a FTSE 100 energy business, generating and providing electricity and gas, plus the operations of telecoms networks. Mark works with SSE in an advisory role, hosting workshops and seminars, mainly within sales, HR and management teams, as well as involvement in a range of activities with SSE Next Gen, where 101 talented young athletes are supported in their teenage years through SportsAid.

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Community: education and philanthropy

Within education Mark is the Rector of the University of Dundee, Patron for the Saltire Foundation, Ambassador for the Winning Scotland Foundation and Honorary President of Scottish Student Sport. Within charities Mark is Patron for Orkidstudio and for the ARCHIE Foundation, as well as supported a range of other charity events and campaigns.

Construction of a brick buidling in Africa Orkidstudio works to benefit communities through innovative architecture, construction and social enterprise. With a strong belief that creativity has the power to inspire and instil pride within people regardless of race, nationality or circumstance and use architecture, design and enterprise as tools for relieving poverty and transforming lives. Mark has been the Patron for Orkidstudio since 2010 and has been closely involved in a number of fundraising events for their projects. Orkidstudio projects focus on the process of design and construction rather than just the final product. This process can be a powerful tool for affecting social change and empowering people through the sharing of skills and knowledge on site. Dundee has been Scottish University of the Year for two years running (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 & 2017) and one of the world’s top 200 universities (Times Higher Education 2017) and is Dundee is also the top UK University under the age of 50. Mark’s inherited the role of Rector from Brian Cox (actor) in 2016 for the next 3 years, representing the students within the University and the press. Dundee was the city where Mark attended High School and in 2013 he received an honorary degree from Dundee University. DUSA, the Dundee University Student Association is consistently top student association in Scotland.

Incredible Journeys

Expeditions, challenges, TV documentaries and online filming projects. Mark started on the bike with the World and the Americas, then into the oceans in the Arctic and the Atlantic, before presenting for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and recently back on the bike with Africa Solo. He has published books on each of the cycling expeditions and filmed a number of challenges for charity and for promotions.

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Mark’s team will reply to all enquiries that are not covered in the FAQ’s.  If you have a quick question for Mark himself, please get in touch on social media.

    FAQ’s

    The two hardest parts of any project is committing to actually do it and then fundraising.  There is no golden ticket for sponsorship, but there are some simple useful tips.  Unless you have a profile and a strong track record, don’t waste your time cold contacting potential corporate sponsors.  To get started, direct network by asking everyone you know for introductions to people and businesses who may be interested in your ambition.  Then do the same with them, so that your network gets bigger and bigger.  If you simply ask for money straight away, when the answer is no, that is the end of the conversation.  Instead, ask for introductions.  When it comes to kit, it is also very unlikely to get free kit without a strong track record of publicity.  So give suppliers an easy yes, by asking for cost or trade price products.  This way you get a huge discount on the kit you need, and they aren’t making any losses.
    If you are sitting in an office job imagining the freedom of running your own business in the outdoors, then be realistic about the amount of hard work to make a living.  If you build the right skills then one route is as an instructor or guide.  Likewise, if media is your passion, then volunteering and building your CV is crucial.  Many, but not all cameramen and producers have formal training.  But if you would like to build a career like Mark, running your own expeditions and with a TV profile, then you need to systematically build your brand, using social media and traditional media.  Gaining commissions for TV is very competitive and relies on having unique ideas.  Being a competitive athlete in organised competitions is unlikely to create these opportunities.  Be incredibly determined and expect set backs – discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.
    If you are planning a major expedition which will be interesting for the public to follow, then please do let Mark know through social media and he may be able to mention and RT.  However, due to the amount of requests that Mark receives for social media promotions for charity events, these is not always possible.  Mark is also not able to take on any new ongoing charity roles for the meantime, but has a discounted rate for charity talks and appearances.  Please get in touch with enquiries.
    Almost everyone has the ability to take on adventure challenges, but it is sensible to build up experience and fitness over time, rather than immediately taking on the world.  For most expeditions you should start with good all round fitness and then you will get fitter and more conditioned to the long hours during the challenge.  If you are setting out to break World Records and be more of an endurance athlete than a nomadic adventurer, then this will take a more systematic approach to training.  Injury and illness are your biggest concerns on long expeditions.  If you are cycling, then correct bike fit is essential to avoid repetitive strains, and for all sports think about cross training to build all round muscle balances.  But the biggest transition from taking on one day challenges to major adventures is your mindset and there is no training book that will help with this.  Experience and time in the great outdoors is the only way to build resilience and your comfort zone so you can take on tougher challenges.