About

Presenter, Speaker, Athlete and Adventurer

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An indestructible hairy baked potato from North Wales who loves bacon, mountains and any kind of race. Huw is obsessed with hard sport – Fell Running, Rugby, Triathlon, Cycling, Winter Mountaineering, and even Cumberland Wrestling – nothing is off limits.

He has recently featured in his own award winning adventure film on BBC iPlayer & S4C Ar Gefn Y Ddraig (Riding the Dragon).

With a CV that features completing some of the hardest adventure races in the world, topped off by being a BBC Ultimate Hell Week finalist, not many people know that Huw’s intrepid nature first surfaced after an injury.

At 21 years old and a keen rugby player, he suffered a knee injury. Leaving him feeling a little lost. But before the devil made too much work for his idle hands, he was saved by adventure.

He started out climbing Mont Blanc on a whim. Whilst standing on the roof of Europe as an inexperienced 21-year-old, a simple realization dawned on him – anything is possible as long as you try. Since then he has been charging headlong around the world looking for the hardest, the most obscure and spectacular challenges out there. Regardless of experience or difficulty, he chucks himself in at the deep end and goes at it hard. As a result he has picked up numerous scars, a sac full of trophies and a way too many baggy race t-shirts.

First came triathlon – within six months he was representing the GB age group team. In 2011 and 2012 he competed in the ITU World Championships and placed 7th & 9th in the World. He’s won numerous triathlons (including the Always Aim High Adventure Triathlon Series twice http://alwaysaimhighevents.com/adventure-triathlon-series-2018 . In 2013 he was Welsh Aquathlon Champion and came 5th in the ITU age group World Championships. Since then he has moved on to compete in a plethora of different sporting disciplines – from the Multisport World Championships over in New Zealand to the Berghaus Dragons Back Race and even Wrestling Cumbrian farmers on muddy show grounds (he beat a 15 year old and won £7) – no challenge is off limits. The only common theme being that the events are tough.

Huw is an off-the-wall personality. He’s an inspirational speaker, race compare and a feature writer for numerous outdoor magazines (in both Welsh and English). He brings humour, energy and teamwork wherever he goes.

By day, Huw is an Engineer – not a psychologist – and like all good Engineers what he says is based on hard earned experience. He truly practices what he preaches. His meticulous preparation which stems from his engineering project management background is an integral part of everything he does and in his talks he describes how it helps him attack some of the hardest challenges in the world with seemingly little experience.

Whether corporate, educational or for a festival audience full of beer; Huw’s talks apply to everyone and aim to firstly make people laugh, and then to leave people feeling inspired to back themselves, to take their chances and in so doing become the best they can be. This results in achieving the ultimate end goal of having the self-confidence to back yourself to do whatever you want.

A word from Huw

“We’re only here once, so fear of failure is a luxury we can’t afford. I do all the stupid mistakes but WHO CARES! When I’m 80 years old I want to be sitting in my rocking chair content in the fact that I’ve left nothing left out on the pitch – no unanswered questions.

It’s all about taking your chances and racing every race…ohh and gurning like an absolute maniac while you’re at it. If you’ve got energy left to hold your face-in-place, then you are doing it wrong! Iddi’n GALAD neu i dy wely.

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