Panellist: James Cracknell

James Cracknell OBE, sportsman, athlete, adventurer and President of the London Road Safety Council

With two Olympic Gold Medals and six World Championship titles, James Cracknell OBE is an inspiring sportsman, athlete and adventurer.

In 2010, James Cracknell took on America - racing to cycle, run, row and swim from Los Angeles to New York in record time. It was during this trip that James suffered a near fatal accident after being struck from behind by a truck while cycling through Arizona.

After a difficult six-month recovery period, James went to the Canadian Yukon, completing The Coldest Race on Earth. These stunning adventures were transmitted as ‘Unstoppable: The James Cracknell Trilogy’ on Discovery.

Following this, James’s did another series for Discovery, the ‘Worlds Toughest Expeditions’, in which James pushes himself to the limit of endurance.

James has also successfully completed the gruelling Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race with his friend Ben Fogle and Dr Ed Coats; and The Race across The Atlantic, again with Ben Fogle. Both journeys were aired on the BBC and were accompanied by the books, Race to the Pole (MacMillan) and The Crossing.

James’ recent programming saw him and Ben Fogle cross the Empty Quarter on camelback, which aired on the BBC in 2013 as Ben & James Versus the Arabian Desert.

When not crossing oceans and continents, James is in demand as an entertaining corporate, motivational and after dinner speaker. Not to mention training for marathons, the Great North Run and many other races in the UK.

James is President of the London Road Safety Council, Vice President of the Charity ‘Headway’ and has been appointed to lead Policy Exchange work on obesity and physical activity.