In Osaka in 2007 he set an outdoor best of 2.29 in qualifying, and in the final after clearing 2.21 passed all the way up to 2.33, where he failed twice at 2.35. The reason he did this was, that he was injured and had to limit his jumps.
Away from athletics, Martyn graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2007 with a 2:1 degree in psychology, he has recently started a law degree and hopes to pursue this as a career, when he retires form athletics. A natural entertainer Martyn is also is very well known for providing spectators with his version of Gene Kelly’s ‘Singing in the Rain’ during the European Championships in Barcelona in 2010. In 2012 he became an honorary director of the Film production Company, "21st Century Filmworks Ltd", A Fucilla Production Company, and coproducer of the film “Fields of Gold” currently in pre production stage.
He is cousin to singer and Marks and Spencers model VV Brown and older brother of Luke Bernard.