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Tim Moss

Tim Moss has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents. He has climbed new mountains, crossed a desert on foot and recently cycled 13,000 miles around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London and a Guinness World Record Holder. He aims to encourage more people to live adventurously. Read more...


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    Oh dear Tim, this is Steve. I was very disappointed to read this post.

    You have misrepresented the write-up of this situation to suit your own purposes. Did you mention that (as I explained to you) I was running a marathon in March and that I had explained that the training programme for this didn’t fit in with your running plans? No. Did you seek to understand what other obligations (work- and non-work related) that I had done over the summer? No. Your post seems to suggest that you are taking credit for sending one e-mail to me and then the consequence was that I started my challenge. The reality of the situation is that I did start, but it was not because of your correspondence.

    If you want to be considered a credible motivator then you need to tell the whole truth.

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    Tim Moss

    Hi Steve

    Thanks for your comment. I’m very sorry if you feel the post is a misrepresentation.

    You’re right, of course, that I have no idea about any of the things that undoubtedly go on in your life outside of the occasional email we’ve had and I’m sorry if this unfairly portrays you.

    The point I was trying to get across is that, unlike many other people of whom I sadly lose track, you did get out there and do it.

    No doubt a single email from me had little or no impact on your decision to start running but, if nothing else, it was a nice coincidence for me to be able to email someone and then see them get cracking so soon afterwards.

    I hope this won’t sour relations between the very small club of Tube runners (3 of us?) out there!


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    Steve Blethyn

    Nice work Tim AND Steve.
    Does it matter if one email changed the world or not? No!
    Fact is… Tim’s advice was good AND Steve’s tube running is good. If the two are joined at the hip or if ‘never the twain’ strikes the right chords, who cares. Keep running Steve and keep giving advice Tim. The fact that you are both doing what you do and making what you do public is often advice enough and may be just what somebody needs to give them a little push to “Just do it!” as some sporty type company once said!

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    Hi Tim

    Thanks for replying and I think this helps to set the record a little more straight. I agree with your point about getting started. There are different personality types out there – some will leap over the edge and enjoy the thrills and spills of the adventure ahead; others plan, analyse, take measured judgements and so on, and only then will they take the great leap. I think that you are more of the former and I am more of the latter – but you’re right that excessive planning can result in no-one getting anything done. And I’m a firm believer in things only changing/improving if you, as an individual, take explicit actions to make things happen.

    So in that respect I can fully endorse the subject/intent of this post – i.e. you can greatly increase the likelihood of your achieving a goal if you actually start it! :)

    And I do look forward to our continued discussions as I progress my way through the hundreds of miles ahead. As you say, tube running is a very exclusive club!

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    Tim Moss

    Steve W, thanks for coming back.

    I agree, there are definitely different approaches and they don’t matter a jot when you’ve taken the “great leap” already. And your proper prior planning will no doubt pay off in the long run! (No pun intended!).

    Steve B, wise words. I feel a little bit like you may have had the two of us by the ears for that speech…


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