The challenge for Nick was to land on Rockall for a second time and survive solo on this isolated rock, thereby setting two new records:
1. The longest ever solo occupation of Rockall;
2. The longest occupation of Rockall in history.
Nick successfully set a new occupation record of 45 days in June and July 2014.
THE ROCKALL JUBILEE EXPEDITION
Nick's 2012 expedition to Rockall was a reconnaissance mission for the future 60 day occupation of the rock. Nick departed at the end of May 2012, and landed on Rockall, carrying out several equipment checks and tests in preparation for the future record breaking attempt on the rock. The date of departure coincided with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend, and Nick sent the first Tweet and Facebook update from the rock. Upon landing, Nick became a member of the exclusive Rockall Club.
Date: 2nd April 2010
Nick completed the legendary Marathon des Sables in the Moroccan Western Sahara during April 2010, in support of the NACC. The Marathon des Sables is often described as the toughest footrace on Earth. In 2010, the 25th anniversary year, it covered 250km (155 miles) over 7 days - equivalent to five and a half regular marathons - the longest and reputedly toughest race to date. The terraine included sand dunes, rocky desert, mountain ridges and stoney ground, whilst carrying an 11kg pack containing everything he needed for the duration of the race.
Date: 6th March 2010
The Glasgow to Edinburgh Double Marathon followed the course of the Forth & Clyde and Union canals and took in the Antonine Wall and the Falkirk Wheel before heading into the heart of Edinburgh. The course was just over 56 miles and Nick carried approximately 4kg in his pack (this was lighter than originally intended due to injury). The race was an opportunity to try out some of his new kit and rucksack for the MdS. Nick finished 64th out of 100, in 11:41:50. He was a tad disappointed with this result, but bearing in mind he'd been injured for 5 out of the previous 6 weeks, Nick was happy that he was able to finish (9 starters did not). Click here for more information.