Alumnus aims to run Antarctica Ice Marathon
Tom Dilrew graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2014 with BA European Studies and MA History of War, Culture and Society degrees. Besides graduating, personal highlights for Tom include winning the Men’s Football varsity game against Southampton on home soil and also playing against several US College teams as part of a football tour of Chicago. He explained how his time in Portsmouth was invaluable in forming the foundations for his post-graduate life and his next challenge; the Antarctica Ice Marathon in 2020.
During his time at Portsmouth Tom represented the Men’s Football First Team and ran the Great South Run. Further to his studies, he worked near full-time hours as a Bar Supervisor at the Pyramids Centre in Southsea. Tom was often seen running along the seafront, which he states was the perfect running route to sweat out the countless hangovers.
Tom said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Portsmouth. I met some of my closest friends whilst studying and living in Southsea. I began university with aims of becoming a European Diplomat, however Brexit may vindicate my decision not to pursue this further! My MA studies were driven by my strong interest in war history. At 17 years old I helped my grandfather write his memoirs which documented his time serving in World War Two.
I am proud to have graduated with my MA as I had not studied history since my GCSE’s. I would encourage everyone to have no fears when choosing their degrees; follow your passions and have no regrets in what you decide to study. It makes motivating yourself to get out of bed and in for the 9am lectures in the middle of winter a lot easier if you hold a genuine interest for the subject. From my experience, my degree choices did not hamper me in the interview room. There are many jobs for which employers seek a more well-rounded experience and depth of character from their candidates, rather than a direct qualification within the field.”
Tom moved shortly after graduation to work in the City of London as a Client Service Executive. This role saw him coordinate the Graduate Training Programmes of global banks and financial institutions. It was during this time that he completed the Investment Management Certificate (IMC). Following this, Tom moved to Psigma Investment Management where he now works as an Investment Associate.
During this career path onto private wealth management, at 26 years old, Tom set himself the challenge of running a marathon on every continent to raise as much money for charity as possible. To date he has completed marathons in Rome, Sydney, Rio, Toronto, Singapore and Cape Town. Tom is hoping to raise money to run the Antarctica Ice Marathon in 2020, the final milestone in his challenge. This is arguably one of the toughest marathons, with underfoot conditions comprising of snow and ice throughout and an average wind-chill temperature of -20C. To make things a little more difficult the event takes place at an altitude of 700 metres.
Even before running the event itself the former UoP student faces a challenge of getting there, Tom said “I have funded all of the marathons in my challenge so far. I felt that in taking on seven marathons, asking the same people for money each time was not sustainable, and that I would have to wait for the final marathon of the challenge. For this race, I will again be paying for my flights and hotel costs to get me as far as Chile. However, the costs of flying on to the Union Glacier of Antarctica and participating in the race are just out of my reach. I am hoping that friends, family and anyone interested in supporting me on the final step of this challenge will help contribute to the entry costs. Once I have my race entry confirmed, I hope to raise money for some wonderful charities.”