Scott is originally from Wigan in the North West, but a love for sailing, and water took him to the South coast, where he went to Solent University, and has worked within the marine industry for the last twenty years. Scott has been married to Polly for eleven years, and between them, have 2 children. Matilda is six, and Alfie is five.
During a swim-fit session in early 2015 Scott and the rest of his swimming group decided to swim across the Solent, and completed this feat in September 2015. It appears that this wasn’t enough and in November 2015 – Scott wanted to challenge himself further and decided to swim non-stop around the Isle of Wight.
Scott took on and conquered the incredible challenge of swimming solo around the Isle of Wight to raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society and Meningitis Now. Scott is only the 5th person ever to achieve this feat. He swam 65 miles (nearly 3 times the distance of a typical cross-Channel swim) in 26 hours, and raised over £25,000.
To ensure he had the Island covered in May 2017, Scott cycled 66 miles around the coast of the Isle of Wight, and in October 2017 he will run the same route. If he achieves the run, Scott will be the first person in history to have swam, cycled, run and sailed around the Isle of Wight.
A Sales Manager in the marine industry, Scott has an extraordinary ability to sell concepts as well as hardware! It was down to this talent that he sold the concept of the swim to partners and charities alike – no mean feat as he was a complete unknown within the challenging events arena. Polly has organised events for small private groups to large corporate events all around the world – this obviously included the organisation of Scott’s Isle of Wight Swim. There was a considerable amount of logistics, volunteer co- ordination and safety aspects that required careful organisation.
It was while swimming for this extraordinary amount of time, Scott came up with the concept of the Wolf Challenge.
Polly is a highly organised individual with 20 years’ experience within the Marine, IT and Catering sectors, who has successfully delivered and administered large and small scale projects through a consultative work style, she is process driven and feels that accurate record keeping is essential. Polly has a keen eye for detail and believes that clear and precise communication is imperative, especially in high pressure situations. Throughout her career Polly has also undertaken charity work outside of her day to day employment, one of which included work with the John Merricks Sailing Trust.
In 2016 Polly delivered a virtually unique event when Scott undertook and successfully completed a non-stop and unaided swim around the Isle of Wight. They worked as a team to put the challenge together and ultimately raised over £25,000 for two charities – Meningitis Now and the Marine Conservation Society. Within the project Polly ran all the social media and marketing elements, which culminated in live radio interviews on 3 local radio stations and print copy in various publications, delivering a further £15,000 in media value – which for a charity can be huge