Dr Mike Stroud obtained a degree in anthropology and genetics from University College London in 1976 before qualifying as a medical doctor from St George's Hospital Medical School in 1979.
After qualifying, and working junior hospital jobs, Mike went on to specialise in nutrition and gastroenterology and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1984. 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.
In the expedition and sporting world, Dr Mike Stroud 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, Dr Mike Stroud and Sir Ranulph Fiennes switched attention to Antarctica and the South Pole where in 1992-1993 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'.
Following the 1993 Polar journey, Dr Mike Stroud continued his interest in extreme sports, leading the first UK team in the 1994 Marathon of the Sands, (a trans-Sahara multi-marathon). He also 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.
In November 2003, Mike and Sir Ranulph completed seven full marathons, on seven continents in just seven days, raising huge amounts for money for charity.
Dr Mike Stroud 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. He is also presenter and endurance expert on BBC's, The Challenge.
Dr Mike Stroud is an accomplished and entertaining speaker on leadership and teamwork and his years of experience in science and exploration leave his audience re-energised with personal advice on how they can achieve maximum performance as individuals or within a group.
His speech topics include:
- 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
- The Footsteps of Scott
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.
Dr Mike Stroud's talk was fantastic, and we are still having wonderful feedback from everybody who was there. I for one thoroughly enjoyed listening to him, and I think he may sell quite a few copies of his book!
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.
Thank you for your outstanding presentations for "Aiming High'. Everyone enjoyed seeing you and hearing about your amazing story of endurance across Antarctica.
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!
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.
Thank you for giving such a fascinating talk. Many people have rung to say how much they enjoyed hearing and meeting you.
In my 33 years in the Canadian Air Force, I consider it to have been one of the best presentations that I have attended. Dr Mike Stroud's slides were outstanding and he had everyone riveted to their seats for the entire time.
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