Director Richard Pullan
Founded The Altitude Centre in 2003 after he completed an unaided crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a plywood rowing boat. Richard used simulated altitude training as part of his preparation for the 60 day crossing. A strong background in rowing and cycling some of Richard's adventures include cycled non stop across the North Island of New Zealand (650km's in 24 hours) and has kayaked from Devizes to Westminster in the UK (125miles in 22 hours) and summited some of the World's highest mountains that include Kilimanjaro (3 times), Aconcagua and Elbrus. Richard believes passionately in the benefits of altitude training and has used the training for all his challenges.
Greatest/Proudest Sporting Achievement: Rowing the Atlantic
Challenging adventures at altitude: Summitting Elbrus (5600m) and getting back down the mountain in under 24 hours
Favourite meal upon returning from altitude: Spaghetti Bolognese
After spending a year with The Altitude Centre as part of his BSc Sport & Exercise Science degree, Sam has returned to the Trump Street (London) Centre as a full-time Centre Manager.
Sam’s sporting background is in team sports, playing football at an academy level throughout school, while also playing cricket, rugby and athletics to a County level. His passion for science and sport took him to the University of Bath, where he graduated in June 2016.
The Altitude Centre is very pleased to have Sam back with us full-time, and greatly supports internship/ placement schemes that are rewarding for both the company and the individual. Sam is looking forward to reaping the fitness benefits of altitude training once again!
Greatest/Proudest Sporting Achievement: Winning the 2015/16 British Universities football cup final (at the third attempt!)
Challenging adventures at altitude: Summiting Kilimanjaro with no previous altitude experience, or learning how to ski at 3,000m without any lessons!
Favourite meal upon returning from altitude: A massive bowl of chilli con carne.
A sport lover since childhood Max tried all sports as a kid, including football, tennis and cricket, but it was basketball that he eventually focused on. Max went on to play National League Basketball for some of the most recognisable teams in the country, before taking up triathlon in the last 6 years. During this time, Max has competed in everything from Sprint Distance to Ironman, as well as swim, cycle races, time trials and marathons.
Max partnered with us in December 2016 as The Altitude Centre’s Endurance Coach. With a degree in Sports Science, over 12 years working as a Strength & Conditioning coach, and more recently his BTF coaching qualification and IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition, Max truly has all the tools to help you train scientifically, and produce your best on race day.
Greatest/Proudest Sporting Achievement:
Completing my first Ironman in 11hrs 14m, 2 weeks after my son was born.
Challenging adventures at altitude:
Learning to snowboard in the Rockies.
Favourite meal upon returning from altitude:
Holly started her sporting career in gymnastics at the age of six, where she developed her love of sport, competing to a regional level. Since retiring from gymnastics at the age of fourteen she has taken part in sport as a coach, judge and volunteer. Holly joins us from The University of Bath, where she continues to develop her love of sport through science, and continues to compete as a cheerleader for the Bath Jets.
Holly has previously worked with the English Institute of Sport on their talent identification programme, and is interested in how altitude training can be used to help achieve a healthy and active lifestyle, as well as how it can help her to achieve her own performance goals!
Greatest/Proudest Sporting Achievement: 1st place at regional finals in gymnastics and 3rd place at nationals in cheerleading.
Challenging adventures at altitude: Kili!!
Favourite meal upon returning from altitude: Nando’s.. with extra garlic bread!
Nick’s sporting background has been evident from a very young age. Trying his hand at a range of sports from rugby and badminton, to football and cricket. Nick soon settled in the saddle of his chosen sport at the age of 13, and has been cycling ever since.
More recently, Nick progressed to triathlon after starting at Loughborough University, and aims to step up through the distances as he continues to improve. Nick is looking forward to seeing just how fast he can go, with the added benefit of training at altitude!
Greatest/Proudest Sporting Achievement: A toss up between riding from London to Paris aged just 14, or finishing my first Olympic distance triathlon (despite suffering from the salt water and crashing on the bike!!).
Challenging adventures at altitude: Hiking with skis in the Alps, before descending towards a frozen lake to check out the Napoleonic Forts, and hiking back up again.
Favourite meal upon returning from altitude: Steak (in any variety!)
After playing football at county- and academy- level throughout his teen years, Liam switched his main focus to health, fitness and education following obtainment of a Level 2 REPS Fitness Instructor award and a first class BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science degree from London South Bank University (LSBU).
In October 2016, Liam will be joining The Altitude Centre as our full-time researcher, starting a PhD to investigate the effects of hypoxic conditioning on cardio-metabolic health. In conjunction with The Altitude Centre’s academic partners, LSBU, the aim of the study is to establish the optimal duration, intensity and exposure for health benefits of members of the general population.
A keen road cyclist, Liam hopes to enter more sportive events, and try his hand at racing in the future with the help of some altitude training.
Greatest/Proudest Sporting Achievement: Riding throughout the night from London to Brighton to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (without any punctures!).
Challenging adventures at altitude: Unintentionally hiking to the midpoint of Hasan Dag, Turkey (1500m) whilst on holiday.
Favourite meal upon returning from altitude: Nandos!
Roy is a sports mad Aussie and has trained and competed at a high level in a number of sports, including basketball, boxing, water polo, swimming, adventure racing, triathlon and cycling. Until recently he was working as a chartered accountant in the city, but decided to turn his passion for an active, outdoors lifestyle into a career and left his job in a bank to qualify as a Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer. Roy is absolutely convinced of the benefits of altitude training for athletic performance and wellbeing, and never fails to emerge from the altitude chamber without a massive grin on his face.
Greatest/Proudest Sporting Achievement: My first ever half Ironman in my home town, Busselton, Australia. I absolutely smashed the swim and bike, but then suffered badly with painful cramp in both legs through the entire 13.1 mile run. Not my fastest ever performance, but I will never forget how much I suffered to get to the finishing line!
Challenging adventures at altitude:Completion of The Cent Cols Challenge which involved cycling more than 200km with 5,000m of vertical ascent daily for 10 consecutive days covering 100 Cols/ mountain passes in the French Alps.
Favourite meal upon returning from altitude: My staple diet of coffee and carrot cake, and I really couldn't live without milk!