Great Ocean Road 23km Half Marathon-512049
Cole Classic Manly 2.5km Swim-11031950
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I'd like to think I'm an up and coming endurance athlete pushing himself to the limits of what can and cant be done. Born and brought up in London, I studied at Cranleigh Senior School and at the University of Gloucestershire, where i achieved a 2:2 honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science. Now 29, I run a small personal training studio, RTH Personal training, in South West London and train a wide variety of clients with all different goals.
At 13 I was diagnosed with a severe curvature of the spine, kyphosis and scoliosis, and was told I would not do any high impact sports in the future. But, obeying the doctors orders was not an option and after wearing a solid plastic back brace for 4 years, whilst continuing to play both golf and cricket to high standards, I eventually managed to get to university and actively participated in three different sports. I captained, all three teams that I played in, Rugby league, cricket and skiing. At rugby league, I went on to represent south of England and guided the university side into the national university premier league. In 2004 I was named University Sports Personality of the Year (2004) along with achieving both rugby league and cricket colours.
After university, things changed and my focuses towards team sports changed. I was challenged to do an ironman triathlon. Despite the little set back of not finishing my first marathon, I went on to complete ironman UK 2005. In 2007 I completed my second ironman by completing ironman France and took this onto finishing 3rd in the double iron triathlon (4.8mile swim, 224mile bike and 52.8mile run) in Viginia, USA. In 2008 I managed to complete yet another ironman and then finished 4th in the triple iron triathlon (7.2mile swim, 336mile bike and 78.6mile run) in a time of 52 hours 44 minutes. 2009 I decided to take on my biggest challenge yet, Rowing across the Atlantic. In the slowest event for may years due to poor weather, we came 6th out of 22 boats in the pairs class in a time of 72 days, 8 hours and 42 minutes (www.rowingtheatlantic.com).
Of course there have been other events that I have managed to squeeze in around my sometimes busy work schedule. I have completed the london marathon twice (2006 and 2009), The London Duathlon (2007), Devon Coast to Coast adventure race (2006), Thames 50 mile Ultra running race (2009), Endurance Life coastal marathon (2008) and Chicago Marathon (2008) along with four half marathons (2007-9), a half ironman triathlon (2009) and the Malvan Mud Race (2005). More recently, i completed the London Duathlon Ultra distance (Sept 2010) event and i returned to the Isle of Wight on October 4 to put right my first marathon failure, finishing the hilly course in a respectable 4hr 20min obtaining a top 40 position.
2011 has seen a return to training after a short spell away at the end of 2010. The year started off with the Dorney Lake half marathon in feb, and then the Human Race 10km Swim at the end of May. The later, i finished in a respectable 3hr 29min. Soon after, i ran the Enduroman 100mile race based in the South of England. Finisihing in 24hours 22 minutes and a 2nd palce over all. More recently, the South Downs Way 103mile race didnt go so well. Stopping after 42 miles, 2 weeks between events clearly isnt long enough.
The South Downs Way 103 has now been followed by Ceaser's Camp 100, a 100 mile race that took place over a 10mile, 10 loop course. It was very hard underfoot and within the 100 miles had over 15,000 feet of up and down on shinggle path and mud. At mile 80 my left foot had a huge blister on the ball of the foot and the other foot wasnt much better. I struggled on for another 4 miles but was forced out as i approached another hill.
2011 has been a tough year, 3 100 mile races and i only finished one. Not a great return. I have decided to now take a few years out, re-gain my Mojo and come back stronger and faster in 2013/14. I have done over 100 marathons in races and training and i suspect i could go around the globe man powered in the last 6 years, thats a long way. So time for rest, but i will be back. Watch this space.
My aim now is to share my experience and training techniques with a whole new audience, YOU, through www.challengechaser.com and still have an extensive to-do list of events for the next 10 years including the RAAM (race across America on a bicycle). I might be resting now, but i will get there. I was brought up in london but have recently moved to Sydney Australia.
There has been a number of press articles writtian about me over the years both for solo challenges and as part of the rowing. These are as follows:
Richmond and Twickenham Time, Oct 31, 2008: "No rust on this iron man"
Wandsworth Borough News, November 5, 2008: "Hume follow's in Cracknell's Footsteps"
Transworld Sport 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZUfOAuo6cU&feature=channel
Busibuddies.com 2010 (search for Richard Hume): http://www.busibuddies.com/
Escape from the City profile 2010: http://www.escapethecity.org/heroes/richard_hume
TowerHouse School News 2010: http://www.thsboys.org.uk/pages/hume.html
Metro newspaper (2009): http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/694545-naked-rowers-prepare-to-cross-atlantic
Richmond and Twickenham Times, 6th November 2009: (page 60): http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?referral=other&pnum=&refresh=E1z70e3RtB15&EID=619a9763-dcbc-4105-9383-3d9579e1c003&skip=true
Maximise potential Podcasts numbers 35 & 36: http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/how-i-rowed-the-atlantic-richard-hume-max3/ & http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/become-a-triple-ironman-richard-hume-max3/
Other articles have featured in:
Cranleigh Contact, Roehampton Recorder, Tri 220, Uni of Gloucestershire student paper 2009 and numerous other sporting publications.