Lawrence Clarke, who finished fourth in the Olympic 110m hurdles final, talks rock and mountain climbing.
“My parents were always very keen on the mountains, but I thought skiing on a piste was very dull, so I went off-piste skiing which was fun because you have to climb up a mountain and ski down it. My mother hooked me up with a guide when I went to the Alps to climb. Obviously I couldn’t go to the Alps every week, so I went to the Lake District, Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia; it became an addiction.
“I got more involved at school, where we had a mountaineering society. Bear Grylls was as former student and he spoke at our school. I was also met a climber called Tim Emmett a few times and that motivated me and got me very interested. By the time I was 13 I climbed Mont Blanc, which was exhilarating.