FOR his day job John Crinson keeps a cool head for figures, but at weekends he becomes an adrenalin junkie.
The 30-year-old travels the roughest terrain on a motorbike and his spirit of adventure has now seen him win a coveted national prize and fulfil a childhood dream.
The University of Sunderland data analyst recently rode his way to national glory in the British Expert Trails Championship, while also remaining unbeaten in competitions in the North East.
He competed across the UK for the Beta UK team, taking the title 20 years after sitting on his first motorbike.
John took up the sport as a 10-year old, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, and began to compete regularly throughout his teenage years.
He said: “The feeling I got when I finally won the championship was pride. My main aim has always been to win the British Championship and it’s what has kept me going over the years.
“I’ve been close to winning the title in the past few years, but now I’ve finally done it – I am chuffed to bits.
“It can be a gruelling sport, especially as I have a full-time job, but I try to go out for a couple of hours after work as much as I can, in particular during the summer when it’s light. If I’m not on my bike I’ll do my best to stay fit by playing football or going to the gym three or four times a week. I certainly benefited this year as I was much fitter than I have been in previous seasons.
“It is a sport you have to be mentally and physically strong to succeed in. It is essential when you have the different challenges and the amount of rocks that you have to negotiate, to stay in focus on the task in hand and in the zone.”
The championship took place from Fort William to Devon, Sheffield to Wales over seven different rounds throughout the past year and the business and marketing graduate certainly had to show his mental and physical strength throughout the competition.
John, who grew up in Fulwell and recently moved to Whickham, has now moved to a different team, Ossa, ahead of the new season and now aims to take on world competitors.