Mike Stroud is best known for his record-breaking expeditions with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, they first teamed up in 1986.
Mike qualified as a doctor in London in 1979 and then spent ten years in a variety of hospital posts interspersed with far reaching expeditions and travel. In 1990, he entered into 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. He later became the Chief Scientist at the UK Centre for Human Sciences. In 1995, he returned to hospital medicine and university work and in 1998 was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Medicine and Nutrition, and Consultant Gastroenterologist at Southampton.
In the expedition and sporting world, 48 year old Mike is best known for his 1986 attempt with Sir Ranulph Fiennes to make the first unsupported journey on foot to the North Pole from Arctic Canada which was then followed by four more North Pole Attempts from both Canada and Siberia. These included a record-breaking journey in 1990, which raised more than £2 million for charity. Following these Arctic ventures, Mike and Sir Ranulph switched attention to Antarctica and the South Pole where in 1992/3 they broke several records when completing the first unaided walk across the continent. At the time, it was also the longest unsupported walk in history. On his return from the South Pole, Mike was awarded the OBE for ‘Human Endeavour and Services to Charity’ and the Polar Medal for ‘Services to Arctic and Antarctic Exploration’. The journey had raised a further £2 million for good causes.
Following the 1993 Polar journey, Mike continued his interest in extreme sports, leading the first UK team in the 1994 ‘Marathon of the Sands, (a trans-Sahara multi-marathon). In 1995 and ’96 he competed in the first two ultra-distance ‘Eco-Challenge’ adventure races and in April 2002, he completed the first unsupported, non-stop desert crossing of Qatar, covering the 200 km in just 3 days. Most recently, in November 2003, he and Sir Ranulph completed seven full marathons, on seven continents in just seven days, once again raising huge amounts for money for charity.
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.
As a leading authority of survival, nutrition and endurance Mike appears frequently on TV and radio. He was the endurance and medical expert on all three series of BBC TV’s, ‘Are You Tough Enough for the SAS’. Guested on ‘The General’ and a science show with Gary Lineker. He is also a presenter and endurance expert on a new BBC TV series, ‘The Challenge’.
Ice to dust – extreme medicine
Leadership and motivation: Survival of the fittest
Teamwork: Shadows on the wasteland
The impact of your environment on your well being
Footsteps of Scott
"I wanted to thank you on behalf of all those that attended Tuesday evening’s dinner for the stimulating and entertaining presentation you gave. All of the feedback from the team afterwards has been tremendously positive and they found the whole evening very enjoyable and motivating. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to hearing about your next challenge." - Andy Mottram, Jones Lang LaSalle
"Your presentation was very informative, relevant and pitched well with just the right amount of humour and personal touch to such a diverse group of people from the Utility Industry." - W. L. Gore & Associates (UK) Ltd.
"Not only are you a great adventurer but a skilled and accomplished lecturer. I think it is good for the boys to hear accounts of those who put up with such great discomfort with such courage, it puts our lives into perspective ... a magnificent lesson in perseverance and teamwork." - Aldro
"Thank you for doing two after-dinner presentations for us in Jersey. It was a splendid job." - Unisys
"I only listen to the first five minutes of every lecture, but with Mike Stroud I never left the hall because he was so interesting, fascinating and such a good speaker. So many speakers have interesting things to say but don't always know how to project - Mike was terrific on all counts. I highly recommend him for Festivals and Lecture Societies or anyone needing a cracking good speaker." - The Grassington Festival
"Thank you for your outstanding presentations for "Aiming High'. Everyone enjoyed seeing you and hearing about your amazing story of endurance across Antarctica." - Stoke Community Partnership
"I was impressed, not only with your fascinating story, but with the witty, professional and understated manner in which you told it. It is hard to believe that anyone has been through these kind of experiences and has lived to tell the tale!" - Tods Murray WS
"It was a great pleasure and honour, to meet you and hear your fascinating and extremely courageous talk but also to listen to you afterwards over supper. I was amused to read the next day the article in the Daily Telegraph about your tremendous feat." - Michael More-Molyneux, Losely Park Farms
"You really excelled yourself with the marvellous lecture about the Pendland South Pole Expedition. As you could see, the capacity audience was full of admiration for your remarkable achievement. We all greatly enjoyed your clear presentation. Thank you very much indeed for giving such a truly memorable lecture, and for repeating it twice on the same day." - Director, Royal Geographical Society
"Many thanks indeed for a fascinating talk. You could tell from the prolonged discussion afterwards, that you had fired everyone's imagination!" - Dunn Nutrition Centre
"Your deep knowledge and interest, experience and understanding of human survival and both the Arctic and Antarctic environments conveyed with such a wonderful sense of humour, made it one of the most outstanding lectures, stimulating, enriching and special." - Education Officer, The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
"It was a privilege to have heard the story of your epic journey, so modestly told and extremely interesting to hear about how your dieting effected your stamina under those conditions." - University Of Bristol
"I very much enjoyed meeting you and I know that both pupils and staff were inspired by your achievements." - The British School in the Netherlands
"Thank you for giving such a fascinating talk. Many people have rung to say how much they enjoyed hearing and meeting you." - University of Surrey
"We very much enjoyed your visit to our College, the Christmas lecture was a great success". - Vice President, Royal College of Physicians
"I was impressed with all the young people present on the night. As we all know, adolescents are not renowned for their powers of concentration. That said, there was compete silence, borne of genuine interest from everyone in the theatre." - The Design and Technology Department, Yarm School
"What a wonderful performance you gave us. Everyone enjoyed your talk immensely." - Honorary Secretary, Sale Medical & Dental Society
"In my 33 years in the Canadian Air Force, I consider it to have been one of the best presentations that I have attended. His slides were outstanding and he had everyone riveted to their seats for the entire time." - Major-General, Canadian Air Force
"Mike Stroud was absolutely wonderful - just what we wanted to stimulate and educate the children in the Gloucestershire area" - Manager, The Stroud Pyramid
"Thank you for your talk to our clients, CS Healthcare Health Insurance Plans. They were fulsome in their praise, you made their evening." - Judith Patten, Public Relations
"I can't think of anyone who would have been better to have kicked off our evening lectures. Mike was delightful and spoke to a full house. The slides were truly wonderful." - Paul Lynch, Patron of the Travel Café
"I must write to let you know how delighted we were with your lecture. Your exposition of the trials and tribulations of Antarctic exploration entranced everyone. It is a great testimony to your skills that our very young children and parents and grandparents equally enjoyed the lecture. You were able to painlessly convey a good deal of scientific information while vividly portraying the physical toughness of the expedition. The whole evening was a delight." - The Principal, Arnold Lodge School