Official Press Release

Mark was injured in a fall over the weekend. What follows is the official release with details of his current status. We will update this as appropriate. Thanks for all the messages of support so far.

Well-known Irish adventurer Mark Pollock is in a stable but serious condition in the Royal Berkshire Hospital this evening after a fall from an upper floor window.
The Belfast-born explorer fell 25 feet from a bedroom window in a house where he was staying in Henley on Friday night.
Pollock, 34, is in intensive care, having sustained multiple broken bones and internal injuries in the fall.
Pollock won silver and bronze medals in rowing at the Commonwealth Games in 2002, and was attending the Henley Royal Regatta as a spectator. He had returned home early from Leander Club at 10.30pm and went to bed.
Some time after that, Pollock fell 25 feet into the front garden, where friends immediately came to his aid.
Pollock’s fiancée Simone George credits his friends’ quick reactions with saving his life.
“We want to say thank you to his friends for saving his life. We cannot express what we feel for them. Mark is focusing on getting better. He would like to thank everyone for their love and their prayers and their thoughts.”
Pollock was still recovering from having completed the Round Ireland Yacht Race, becoming the first blind man to co-skipper a boat in the race. He sailed the race with Air Corps Captain Mick Liddy, and the pair suffered severe electrical failure in the race, disabling their autohelm which meant they were unable to sleep for nearly four days in a row.
For the last decade, Mark Pollock has been racing in the world’s harshest environments. He has survived the sub-zero temperatures of Antarctica as he raced to the South Pole over 43 days.
He suff ered the scorching heat of the Gobi Desert, completing six marathons in one week in “The Race of No Return”. He has competed in races on the frozen Arctic Ocean at the North Pole, through the desert lowlands of the Syrian African Rift Valley to the Dead Sea and at altitude in the Himalayas.”
Mark has competed against professional explorers like Sir RanulphFiennes, Olympic gold medalists and special forces personnel.
Mark lost his sight when his retina detached aged just 22, at that stage a promising business and economics student at Trinity College and an international rower. Once over the shock of blindness, Mark was challenged to redefifi ne his life framed by his new circumstances. He moved back to Dublin and resumed post-graduate study and rowing, winning two Commonwealth Games medals.
He now makes his living as a professional adventure athlete and as a public and motivational speaker.
If more detail is required, please contact Markham Nolan on +353 86 2570 320

14 Responses to “Official Press Release”

  1. 1 Mark Hunter July 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm


    Absolutely gutted to hear about your accident. Cannot comprehend what you are going through. Our thoughts/prayers are with you, Simone,Jonny,Emma & the rest of the team around you.

    You’ve come through a lot and we wish you well on your road to recovery.

    Lots of love

    Mark & Gillian Hunter

  2. 2 Jude July 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Mark

    Heard about the accident this morning and just wanted to send you all our love and best wishes.

    Get well soon… there are so many more mountains to climb, seas to sail and fun to have.

    The Carruthers family xx

  3. 3 Paul Reid July 6, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Best wishes to Mark for a speedy and complete recovery from all at NIOBA. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. 4 Julie Roulston July 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Mark

    Just heard about your accident. Hoping and praying that you have a speedy recovery and are up and about soon, climbing mountains, racing in deserts, sailing the seas and being the most determined and focused guy we know.

    Love from Julie and everyone at Consilium Technologies. x

  5. 5 Pippa Meagher July 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Get Well soon Mark – Wishing you a fast recovery.
    (friend of Liddy’s)

  6. 6 Alan Dougherty July 6, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Mark, just read about your accident.

    All I can say is that, I, and all ex-Instionians wish you a speedy and full recovery.


    Alan Dougherty

  7. 7 Kate Marshall July 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Really sorry to hear about Marks accident. I will pray for full recovery and that God will guide the medical staff as they care for him. Kate

  8. 8 Anne Cahill July 7, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Dear Mark,
    Our entire family joins with me in wishing you a very speedy recovery May God take you into his special care, and lavish on you every blessing and comfort. We are keeping you and your family and friends, and those caring for you in hospital, in our constant loving thoughts and prayers.
    Anne, Pat and Brenda Cahill.

  9. 9 Anne Cahill July 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Dear Mark,
    This comes to you with our very best wishes for a speedy recovery. May God especially bless you, your family and friends, and those caring for you in hospital.
    With love from Anne, Pat and Brenda Cahill.

  10. 10 Tim C July 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Mark,

    I was so sorry to here about the accident, I know that your strength of mind will help you make a speedy recovery and having your family close by will also help.

    We’re all thinking about you

    Tim & Caroline

  11. 11 Pat Flynn July 12, 2010 at 12:14 am

    On behalf of all the crew of Miss Scarlett (fellow competitor in the Round Ireland Yacht Race 2010) and all the readers of – BEST WISHES and a SPEEDY RECOVERY to FULL HEALTH to Mark.


    Pat Flynn.

  12. 12 John Keane September 7, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Hi Mark,

    Just watched the documentary on your fantastic achievement on reaching the south pole last night, was absolutely horrified to read the closing credits that you were involved in a horrific accident

    wishing you a speedy recovery and will be looking forward to finding out what your next adventure will be

    good luck

  13. 13 Donagh Murphy September 11, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Hi Mark. We met once in Spain some years ago. Just wanted to say how much of an inspiration you have been to me since.
    No more than any other challenge you have faced in you extraordinary life. I’m certain you will overcome this one too.
    Remember this time you have so many people out here making the journey with you wishing you well all the way.

    Tog bog e


  14. 14 Graham dawick November 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Hi mark I hear about ur accident on the radio today . and I near fainted because I thought the host was talking about me I fell from my sons bed window during a sleep walking incident but ended up with minor injuries but still havent accepted that it was possible my wife is still in shock it was a year ago now u r awsome good luck with everything and I/we wish u every sucsess in the future peace love life

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