Beyond the Horizon: Extreme Adventures at the Edge of the World Paperback – 25 Sep 2014
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The incredible story of one man's journey from international rugby player to world record breaking extreme adventurer.
About the Author
Born in 1977, Richard Parks is a former Welsh international rugby player turned extreme athlete and adventurer. When he's not travelling, he divides his time between Cardiff, Sheffield, and London.
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Richard Parks overcame what appears to have been, having read the book, an almost complete physical and mental breakdown by re-discovering his core strength. The strength which saw him take on and compete on a professional level for Wales in his much loved sport of Rugby Union.
The book concentrates on much of his preparation for the challenges and the real physical and mental torture he endured during the events. It's a hard hitting, factual account of one man, his team of helpers, his ambition and Richard's story has now been filmed for a Channel Five documentary.
I enjoyed the read but have one 'niggle'. There's enough here to have made at least one more book. The detailing is sketchy in places because too much has been crammed into one volume. I'd have preferred more. More photos, more interviews, more depth. I'd have also enjoyed more of Richard's rugby union background and family history to add character and texture to a man who becomes obsessive and driven in his pursuit of winning. A little more balance would have been a good thing.
Good book. Good read. Recommended.
Makes you challenge yourself into what we can do ourselves if we get up on our feet, and focus the mind on a challenge. I took great inspiration from the book and completed my first Ironman event after reading.