Isaac Kenyon

Photo credit: Zak Derler

Background

Isaac (AKA Mr.Enthusiasm) pursues the extraordinary and inspires others with his infectious enthusiasm and philanthropic approach to life. Isaac comes from Luton where he says his school failed and was shut down and reopened with some help from the government. In short, Isaac didn’t have an easy entry to adventurism with little access to outdoor green spaces. Isaac’s parents were very protective and wouldn’t trust the local green spaces/parks to hang around in as they were usually full of gangs and unsafe, so he spent much of his childhood indoors either swimming in an indoor pool, at school or at home.

It was only at university Isaac started to learn about the outdoors in a safer area with plenty of green spaces and he immersed himself in it and never looked back. Unusually Isaac started the Duke of Edinburgh award aged 20 years old reaching Silver alongside his degree, he says it wasn’t promoted at school and had never even heard about it until it was mentioned at university. Since completing a degree in Geoscience Isaac has become an adventurer and outdoors ambassador working with social groups like the Scouts/schools in poor communities inspiring them to connect with nature and the outdoors. Previous challenges have included a swim across the English Channel, Mt.Kilimanjaro Summit, Three Peaks Challenge twice and an unsupported row across the Atlantic ocean. 

Photo credit: Penny Bird and Camera


Isaac has also presented a TED talk on the concept of outdoor time and mental health:

https://www.ted.com/talks/isaac_kenyon_freedom_and_opportunity_from_being_outdoors.

Isaac is regularly seen outdoors taking on a challenge to inspire others of not only his background but anyone to get outdoors as well as raising funds for charity. Isaac is a trustee for the charity Mind In Mid Herts (MiMH) and is also the NW Europe Energy Analyst for a transitioning into renewables energy intelligence company called MapStand. Isaac strives to create a platform which encourages improving mental health through finding a balance with technology by reconnecting with nature and developing through challenge. He speaks of it in his motivational speaking gigs and is even writing a book about it which is set for release in the next few years! You won’t find another quite like Isaac. Find out more about Mr.Enthusiasm on his website.

Why are you cycling the length of the UK?

“The idea to cycle the length of Britain came to me whilst appreciating the open space of the sea, beautiful sunsets/sunrises, and interesting wildlife during an unsupported row across the Atlantic Ocean. I always knew of the challenge of cycling the length of Britain. It really became a must do challenge I started to think about the growing population and human intervention occurring in the UK national parks and green space. My why is because I like to challenge, to learn and to help others. I will take on the challenge of cycling the length of the UK, I will learn to ride a road bike in all weathers and terrains and I will help promote preservation and awareness to protect our national parks.”

Why support National Parks?

“I grew up with no idea what nature really was having been sheltered indoors from gangs in a poor town called Luton. I needed to escape a world of city concrete blocks and poor quality of life and I found I really enjoyed the stillness and beauty of nature; it is my place of meditation. I am not only inspired by the sheer beauty of our parks in the UK but by the rich diversity of our nation’s landscape and wildlife. I hope by campaigning we can help future generations understand have the opportunity to experience true British countryside that we are so lucky to have. We are building on these parks at an alarming rate and once they’re gone, they’re gone! 

I started to think that a documentary discussing the concerns (disappearing land, damage to habitats, tourism) regarding the UK’s National Parks in the context of an exciting test of human endurance may spark some awareness on what is happening to our national parks and educate our audience on how one can get involved in protecting them. I asked 4 others and they all aligned with the same values, which is why we’re here today.”

What do you like to do after a long ride?

“After a long ride, I like to celebrate and be grateful for being able to do the ride I just did! If our  green spaces and national parks disappear there will be less special moments to experience on a ride…”

Photo credit: Zak Derler

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