“if you believe you can, you will”

Airline pilot, Everest mountaineer, adventurer and dedicated family man - Mike Allsop is an ordinary person proving that anybody can accomplish extraordinary things.

Mike Allsop grew up in a single parent home in Auckland. Life wasn’t always easy. But Mike never wavered in his dream of becoming an airline pilot with Air New Zealand. He singlemindedly pursued this goal, breaking it down into smaller parts then focusing on each step in turn.

Mike is also one of a handful of athletes who have ever run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.This raised NZ$75,000 for New Zealand charity KidsCan.

Most recently, Mike returned to the Himalayas to run the world’s highest marathon around Everest – a feat never before attempted. Backed only by a Sherpa team, he trekked to 5,630 metres above sea level. There he ran a distance of 42.2 kilometres (22.6 miles) in temperatures of -30 degC (-22degF), setting a new world record. This feat is captured in the documentary film ‘Chasing Altitude’ aimed at young people everywhere, showing that they too can achieve their dreams and ambitions by overcoming the fear of failure and breaking each goal into a series of smaller steps.