About Miles Hilton-Barber

Miles and Jon in the Marathon Des Sables

In April 1999, Miles Hilton-Barber completed the �Toughest Foot-Race in the World�, the Marathon Des Sables, a 150 mile Ultra-Marathon through the 120 degree heat of the Sahara Desert.


Miles en-route on Mt. KilimanjaroIn April 2000 Miles climbed to a height of 17,500 feet in the Himalayas. He then successfully conquered Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet. A few days later he took part in the unique �Highest and Deepest 2000 Project� on Mont. Blanc, Europe�s highest mountain.

For any person this would be an impressive record, but it is all the more astounding in that Miles has been blind for 20 years. He relies on his friend and sighted guide, Jonathan Cook, to help him achieve his goals.

Miles and Jon skiing across antarcticaIn November 2000 Miles then set a world record as the first blind person to manhaul a sledge over 400 kilometres across Antarctica.  Frostbite prevented him from continuing his amazing bid to be the first blind person to reach the South Pole.

Grade III ice climbing on Ben NevisIn August 2001 he participated in an 11 day Ultra-marathon event across China � including sections of the Gobi Desert, 12,000 foot high Tibetan mountain tracks, and the Great Wall of China. On returning to the UK, he then climbed Ben Nevis (Britain�s highest mountain), and abseiled down several tower blocks for charity.

In January 2002 he competed in the Siberian Ice Marathon, billed as �The Coldest Marathon on Earth�.

Miles underwaterA few weeks later, after qualifying as a scuba diver, he undertook 12 open water dives in the Red Sea off Hurghada, Egypt, exploring shipwrecks 80 feet down on coral reefs. He is now qualified as an Advanced Open Water scuba diver.


Training for the Qatar Desert crossingApril last year saw Miles, as part of a 5-man team, set an astonishing new world record- crossing the entire Qatar Desert non-stop and unsupported.  The 200 kilometre journey, pulling a third of a ton of water and supplies behind them on multi-terrain desert carts, took them over 78 hours day and night, without sleep.

Sprained ankle in QatarMiles then flew direct to France, having entered in the Paris Marathon due to start 36 hours later, but on arrival in Paris found himself unable to walk, and was declared medically unfit due to ankle and feet injuries sustained in the desert.

In July 2002 he participated in the Commonwealth Games Queen�s Jubilee Baton Relay race.

Riding an ostrich - one of the 80 ways!He has recently returned after participating in the massive �Around the World in Eighty Ways� project, a 93-day 31,000 mile circumnavigation of the entire world, using over 80 challenging forms of transport that included swimming 11 miles under the Red Sea, hot air ballooning over the Nevada Desert and racing a 200 kph Lotus around the Malaysian grand prix Circuit.

On returning to Britain, he was voted as BBC Radio 5 Live�s �Alternative Sports Personality of the Year�, featured in the latest edition of Debrett�s �People of Today�, and presented with an Honorary Master of the University award by Derby University.


Past Accomplishments Include:

Grade 5 Zambesi white water rafting, tandem cycling marathons, abseiling, Scottish Grade 3 technical ice climbing, hot-air ballooning, water skiing, microlighting, scuba-diving, the 1998 London Marathon, para-sailing and 40 sky-diving jumps.

microlight plane training

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