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Rob has made five documentaries, all of which are based on his love of distance running and east Africa.
Made for BBC 1 and BBC 4 in 2003, this documentary charts the rivalry and history between Kenya and Ethiopia in the build-up to the 2003 World Championships in Paris. Rob scripted, narrated and produced the 40-minute programme, during which he interviews double Olympic champions Kip Keino and Haile Gebreselassie. Making the programme was the beginning of his long-term relationship with East Africa.
Ethiopia, The Race of Dreams
Made for BBC World in December 2006, this is the story of The Great Ethiopian Run, Africa's largest mass participation road race. The 10km race in Addis Ababa is symbol of pride and hope to the people of Ethiopia, and Rob has taken part four times. His documentary strives to understand the people of Ethiopia through their most important race, revealing the spirit and strength of a sometimes misrepresented nation.
Rob produced, presented and narrated this human interest travelogue, which follows five British Prince’s Trust teenagers on a journey around Kenya and Uganda in November 2007. Broadcast on Sky's Community Channel, the documentary shows what the group learn about themselves, each other and Africa whilst on a two-week trip. This is part of the youth work Rob leads, organises and funds once a year.
Channel 5 documentaries
In 2009 and 2010, Rob returned to Addis Ababa to make two programmes for Channel 5. Both explored the country's relationship with the Great Ethiopian Run and the event's ongoing impact on the people.