Extreme triathlete James Ketchell to inspire landscapers to push limits at APL Awards

The first and only person to have completed an extreme global triathlon will be this year's motivational speaker at 20th Association of Professional Landscapers Awards.

James Ketchell knows a bit about going to extremes
James Ketchell knows a bit about going to extremes

Serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador James Ketchell will share the triumphs and terrors of scaling Everest, rowing the Atlantic Ocean and cycling around the world.

Daring and pioneering speakers are a key feature of the awards, which rewards excellence among members, and will be held on 13 March at The Brewery, London.

Last year attendees were treated to the fast and furious tale of Mandy Hickson, one of the first female fighter pilots in the RAF.

Last year, Ketchell became the first and only person to complete a triathlon involving rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, climbing Mount Everest and cycling 18,000 miles around the world, despite being in a serious motorbike accident in 2007.

This year the APL saw a record number of applications for the awards, 80 entries against 60 in 2013.

The awards will be presented by James Alexander-Sinclair and are  sponsored by Bradstone, Anders Plus, Barclaycard, British Sugar Topsoil, Classiflora, Easigrass, Green Tech, Platipus and Sovereign Turf. Visit www.aplawards.co.uk for tickets.

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