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The Test Is Just The Evidence Of What You Do In Training

The sweat is running down my face, my arms are burning and the rain is soaking me through. Simon is up front on our tandem bike changing up through the gears and calling “go” at the start of another push during today’s interval session. We’re training for my first...

The Day I Didn’t Die

I sat in my wheelchair eating a sausage and bacon roll as the wind gusted through the tented café at Henley Royal Regatta. Little has changed about the place since I first raced there as a 19 year old, the café still faces the river, the boat tents are still to my...

Putting Paralysis Cures on the World Stage at Davos

Mark provided a powerful perspective on the human dimension of the fourth industrial revolution to audiences at Davos. Mark doesn’t just talk about the transformative intersection of technology and humankind – he lives it as he explores a cure for...

What the polar explorers teach us about resilience

There is no cure for paralysis and I am paralysed. So my motivation to connect people around the world to create a cure may simply seem like a personal desire to walk, to feel, to be my old self again. The fall that broke my back in 2010 leaving me with no movement or...

Exploring the space between skeleton and skin

As part of our ongoing research using trans-cutaneous spinal stimulation, Mark stood independently. The moment was captured in an award-winning radio documentary featured on Newstalk’s Futureproof.Listen to the Futureproof documentary

Inspired To Eat Like Natural Born Heroes

My friend Johnny Johnston recently recommended a book by Christopher McDougall called “Natural Born Heroes – How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance”. 20 years ago Johnny and I used to row together at...

My Insurance Claim after Paralysis

Last week I was in court in the UK about the fall that left me paralysed in 2010. For legal reasons I could not talk about the case and in that vacuum there have been unbalanced accounts of the court proceedings in the media. Whatever the court’s judgment I wanted to...

On Being a Realist

On the 18th July 2010 I was lying in the acute ward of The National Spinal Injuries Centre in the UK. It was two weeks after my fall, I couldn’t feel or move my legs, I was pumped full of morphine and despite all of this I was feeling lucky to be alive. As I lay there...