Alan Lock is a former Officer in the British Royal Navy, who at the age of 24 lost much of his eyesight to a rare and incurable genetic condition similar to macular degeneration. In spite of the devastating blow to his career aspirations, and the countless impacts on his life, Alan was determined to pursue his passion for sports and adventure and live life to the fullest. Moreover, he was keen that he should dovetail the pursuit of his personal ambitions with a desire to support others in a similar and often far worse situation. To that end, since his initial sight loss in 2004, Alan has completed a number of the world’s toughest physical and mental challenges, and set multiple records, as well as raising over $100,000 for sight related charities.
In 2007 Alan became one of a handful of visually impaired runners to ever complete the gruelling 151 mile Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara Desert. Just eight months later, he set off with a rowing partner and guide to set a Guinness World Record as the first visually impaired person to row across the Atlantic Ocean, a distance of over 3000 miles, and an arduous voyage of 85 days. In late 2011, Alan and a team of 3 others set a new record for the first visually impaired person to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole, during their ‘Polar Vision’ expedition Alan is currently training to attempt to swim the English Channel.
In addition to the major expeditions outlined above, Alan has also completed 13 marathons and ultramarathons around the globe, and has scaled numerous peaks including Mt Blanc in the Alps and Mt Elbrus in the Russian Caucasus.
Alan lives in the UK with his wife Esther and currently works in the technology sector, as well as sitting on the Board of Trustees for the charity Action for Blind People. He holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Birmingham University. He has spoken at a range of businesses and institutions around the world, and was recently featured in the acclaimed book ‘Supersurvivors’, as well as the documentary ‘Polar Vision’.