Richard Hume sees himself as an everyday bloke, with a vision of what he wants to achieve and how he is going to succeed. His achievements thus far have us in awe, but getting to where he is now hasn’t been easy.
When Richard was 13, he was diagnosed with a severe curvature of the spine, kyphosis and scoliosis, and was told he couldn’t do any high impact sports in the future.
“I didn’t like being told I couldn’t and I continued to play team sports throughout school and university.”
And it paid off. In 2005, Richard was challenged to do an ironman triathlon and bought his bike with his final student loan cheque.
“I completed the Ironman UK in 2005 and was hooked, I went on to complete a double iron in 2007, a triple iron in 2008 and then my biggest challenge, rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 2010.
“Rowing the Atlantic had always been a dream of mine, even from a young age. Apparently whilst on holiday in Barbados in the early 1990’s, I turned to my mum and said ‘one day, I am going to row here!’.
“I was lucky enough to do so in a pair in 2010, and despite awful weather conditions, we completed it in 72 days, 8 hours and 42 minutes.”
Since 2010, Richard has run a number of marathons, triathlons, a few 100 milers and another triple iron. He’s also moved from the UK to Australia, bought a house, got married and has been looking after his mother-in-law who has a motor neuron disease.
“Although I have ambitions to do a number of different things in the future, the @Tarawera Ultra could be my last major event, so it will mean the world to me to finish on a high.”
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