Professor Mike Stroud is a Consultant Hospital Doctor who is perhaps better known for his record-breaking expeditions with Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He is also a very experienced motivational speaker and global authority on expedition medicine, human endurance and the benefits of healthy lifestyles.
Mike Stroud qualified as a doctor in 1979 and then spent ten years in a variety of hospital posts interspersed with far reaching expeditions and travel. In 1990, he moved to full-time research on endurance, nutrition and survival under extreme conditions, working at both the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine and the Army Personnel Research Establishment before becoming Chief Scientist at the UK Centre for Human Sciences in Farnborough. In 1995, he returned to clinical medicine and in 1998 was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Southampton and Senior Lecturer, later Professor, of clinical nutrition.
Mike’s expeditions with Sir Ranulph were made mostly as a two-man team and have raised millions of pounds for various charities. They have included five North Pole journeys from both northern Canada and Russia and two Antarctic expeditions, including the first unaided walk across the continent which, at the time, was the longest unsupported walk in history. On his return from the Antarctic crossing, Mike was awarded the OBE for ‘Human Endeavour and Services to Charity’ and the Polar Medal for ‘Services to Arctic and Antarctic Exploration’.
Mike led the first UK team to participate in the ‘Marathon of the Sands, (an annual trans-Sahara multi-marathon) as well as the first UK team to undertake an ultra-distance, multi-sport ‘Eco-Challenge’ adventure race. He also completed the first unsupported, non-stop crossing of the Qatar desert, covering 220 km in just 3 days, before he and Sir Ranulph undertook seven full marathons, on seven continents in just seven days. More recently still, Mike’s quest for adventure has turned to sea kayaking, including the first, non-stop, open sea crossing from Swanage to Alderney, and in the last few years he has taken part in expeditions to climb some of the world’s highest mountains including Cho-Oyu in Tibet, Everest in Nepal, Denali in Alaska, the Carstenz Pyramid in Indonesia and Elbrus in Russia.
Mike is the author of two books, ‘Shadows on The Wasteland’ – documenting his crossing of Antarctica and ‘Survival of The Fittest’ – examining the relationship between nutrition, exercise, health and peak performance. He also presented his own BBC1 series, ‘The Challenge’ and was the on-screen, endurance and medical expert on all three series of BBC TV’s, ‘SAS – Are You Tough Enough?.
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