Meet Neil Rhodes: The Inspirational Ultra-runner
Neil Rhodes is no ordinary runner. He's a character who embodies determination, resilience, and an infectious sense of humour (plus the ability to talk the hind legs off a donkey!). Neil's list of ultramarathons is not just long; it's incredibly impressive, with no end in sight.
A Remarkable Journey
In 2011, Neil achieved the extraordinary feat of crossing 930 miles of mountains, spanning 180,608 feet of ascent, across six countries and two continents in just eight weeks. He set three new "World Firsts" by combining four races: TransAlp Bike, TransRockies Bike (Canada), TransRockies Run (USA), and TransAlpine Run. Neil is a ten-time Transalpine competitor and a four-time Transrockies competitor, holding the unique distinction of being the only person to have run across both the Alps and Rockies, back to back, four times. He's also an eight-time GB squad competitor at the World Indoor Rowing Championships and a Guinness World Record Holder for One Million Metres on a Concept2 rower.
The Motto: "Nothing worthwhile doing is ever easy."
When asked why he embarks on these incredible journeys, Neil's response is simple yet profound: "Why not?" He believes life is too short not to challenge oneself and constantly seeks to discover what his body is truly capable of. Neil is not an elite athlete; he considers himself a "completer," with his goal being to complete the task at hand.
Favourite Race: The Gore-Tex Transalpine Run
Among all his races, Neil's heart belongs to the Gore-Tex Transalpine Run. He calls it a "Life Event" because the memories and friendships formed during this race last a lifetime. It's a journey of competitors becoming a supportive family, guided by a dedicated race crew and sponsors who are passionate about the runners' experience.
Join us at Sports Talent as we celebrate the remarkable journey of Neil Rhodes, an inspiration to all who seek to push their limits and experience the fullness of life through sports and outdoor adventures.