Meet The Team

The Experts

Phill Steffny

Safari adventure tour guide, Cape Town, South Africa

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Majorca half ironman, Two Oceans, Namibia 600, and doing 4 marathons, 1 ultra and one trail marathon in one year...

Graduate Message:


Sporting lowlights?

A DNF on my second trail ultra- that really wasn't fun... And injuring my Achilles put me out for a while.

Qualifications and experience

20 years of safari guiding

Key likes

Looking for life's adventures, succeeding at challenges that first seemed impossible, beer and coffee.

John Mayock


Best Sporting Highlights:

  • 3 x Olympic Games finalist – 1500m/5km (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004)
  • 5 x European medalist at 3,000m (Gold, 2 silver, 2 Bronze)
  • 2 x Commonwealth Games medalist at 1,500m (2 Silver)
  • World Student Games Champion at 5,000m
  • Represented Great Britain 59 times over 20 year period
  • British Record Holder at 2000m

Graduate Message:

What a fantastic opportunity to be part of such a unique challenge. I am delighted to be part of the team that helps you, the graduates, every step of the way to reach the finish line in Namibia.

Rise to the challenges ahead, whether it’s the long run in the dark after work, the strength of the headwind whilst on the bike or the anticipation of completing your first marathon. Think positive, enjoy the training and look forward to the flight to Namibia.


  • Computer Studies Degree & Marketing Diploma (Chartered Institute of Marketing)
  • 10 years as Director of Special Projects at the Great Run Company (Sports Marketing)

Sporting Lowlights

  • Mo Farah breaking four of my British Records…
  • Dropping out of the New York Marathon at 19 miles due to injury. On track to finish in 10th place and complete a 2hr 11 min performance…

Key Likes

Being outside in the countryside cycling and running. Enjoying socialising with friends and family.

Gerard Hartmann

Personal friend of John Mayock and colleague of Jim Ratcliffe, Hans Crescent, Ireland

Best Sporting Highlights:

  • Gerard has treated 61 Olympic medal winners, 47 World Champions including World Record holders in 100m, 110m hurdles, 1,500m, 1 mile, 3,000m, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m, 10,000m, 10 mile road, half marathon, marathon.

Graduate Message:

I am a native of Limerick City, Ireland who, over the past twenty two years, have developed a reputation for treating many of the the world's elite sport stars.