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:
Ellie began her sporting career trying her hand at all sports, until the age of 14 when she began to specialise in Netball, Volleyball, and Riding. Coming from an athletic family Ellie was fully supported and able to compete to a high level in all three sports up until she began at the University of Bath, where Netball became her priority. Since a young age, Ellie has enjoyed Horse Riding, and when home she competes in the New Forest Boxing Day ‘Point to Point’.
Greatest/Proudest Sporting Achievement: Reaching the 2015/16 British Universities Netball cup final & achieving 3rd place in the 2012 NewForest Point to Point.
Challenging adventures at altitude: Skiing in the Italian Alps - Bardonecchia up to 2800m!
Favourite meal upon returning from altitude: Steak, Chips, and veg!
James’ sporting history begins with rugby, having played for Saracens juniors from the age of 6, and being involved with Middlesex and London Wasps. Alongside rugby, James played cricket and hockey to a high level at school, reaching the quarter- finals of the National Schools T20 championship. On moving to University, James’ focus has moved to triathlon, and in particular to cycling.
James is looking forward to seeing how altitude training can help him shave time off PBs from 5k to half marathon distance, and move up through the British Cycling road racing ranks.
Greatest/Proudest Sporting Achievement: A toss up between school team successes in national T20 cricket and regional rugby, or cutting 13 minutes off my sprint triathlon time in a year.
Challenging adventures at altitude: Skiing ‘La Sarenne’ the longest black run in the world from Pic Blanc (3,300) at Alpe d’Huez.
Favourite meal upon returning from altitude: Steak, chips and peas.
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!