TOUGH GIRL PODCAST 2022

Every episode  is full of inspiring stories of women overcoming great challenges.

The Tough Girl Podcast won the  Shextreme Best Adventure Podcast Award in 2019 & the Women's Sports Trust #BeAGameChanger National Award for Media Initiative of the Year 2018.

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Donna McConnell

Donna McConnell

The Iron Empress. Ironwoman - IM Barcelona 2021. Working to increase female participation in Ironman races. *** 31st May ***

Kate Pilcher

Kate Pilcher

Founder & guide of Globetrotting - sharing her passion for horses and exploring horse cultures around the world. *** 24th May ***

Dr. Sophie Redlin

Dr. Sophie Redlin

Expedition Doctor, Researcher and emerging filmmaker with a passion for improving mental healthcare through cross-cultural learning and promoting access to natural environments. *** 17th May ***

Shikha Tripathi

Shikha Tripathi

Travel Writer and qualified mountaineer who has participated in expeditions in the Himalayas. *** 10th May ***

Dr. Eleanor Drinkwater

Dr. Eleanor Drinkwater

Bug nut and Adventurer. Awarded Inspirational Explorer of the Year award by the Scientific Expedition Society. *** 3rd May ***

Helen Butters

Helen Butters

Having a positive mindset during times of immense stress. Lessons learned from rowing the Atlantic Ocean. *** 28th April ***

Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore

Real Wins - Race, Leadership and how to Redefine Success. One of the UK’s 50 Most 'Influential Women in Sport’. *** 26th April ***

Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth

Underwater Explorer, with expeditions into icebergs in Antarctica, volcanic lava tubes, and submerged caves worldwide. Author of INTO THE PLANET. *** 21st April ***

Abi Melton

Abi Melton

Neurodivergent, Fat Cyclist, Co-Author of ‘Gears for Queers’. Promoting body positivity and encouraging everyone to get on their bike. *** 19th April ***

Omie Dale

Omie Dale

Keen outdoor swimmer and coach, who loves getting people swimming outdoors for the first time. *** 14th April ***

Abhejali Bernardová

Abhejali Bernardová

Completing an extreme ultra-triathlon from Dover to Prague (1,111 km) in 7 days 12hrs and 5 mins. *** 12th April ***

Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe

Author of “The Slow Road to Tehran” - documenting her year-long cycling journey from London to Tehran. *** 7th April ***

Kumbirai Kariwo

Kumbirai Kariwo

Senior NHS Nurse and climber - sharing her love for the outdoors to inspire others to explore and be adventurous. *** 5th April ***

Nicola Hardy

Nicola Hardy

Adventurer and outdoor writer - Climbing all 282 of Scotland's Munros and walked 330km from her birthplace in Sheffield to her new home in Cockermouth, Cumbria. *** 31st March ***

Tasha Thompson

Tasha Thompson

Founder of Black Girls Do Run UK - A community to inspire, encourage and motivate Black women to run. *** 29th March ***

Miriam Diaz Gilbert

Miriam Diaz Gilbert

Runner since 1989; ultra-runner since 2005. Training for her 30th ultra - the Dawn to Dusk to Dawn 24-hr track ultra in May 2022. *** 24th March ***

Dr. Sarah McCormack

Dr. Sarah McCormack

Mountain runner and UK Athletics-Certified Trail & Fell Running Coach. Inov-8 Ambassador. *** 22nd March ***

Dr. Lois Haruna-Cooper

Dr. Lois Haruna-Cooper

GP, Clinical teaching lecturer, mother of 3, daily runner. *** 17th March ***

Sara Crosland

Sara Crosland

Overcome fear and achieve your potential. Author of #SickbedToSummits. Running from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) in September 2022. *** 15th March ***

Janelle Lincks

Janelle Lincks

Began trail running in 2020. Her rapid progress in two years has been incredible. Crowned the Golden Trail National Series women’s champion in October 2021 *** 10th March ***

Mariam Kilpatrick

Mariam Kilpatrick

Ultra-runner and Women’s Health Physiotherapist running the West Highland Way (96 miles) in 24hrs! *** 8th March ***

Sophie Ruffles

Sophie Ruffles

Mum, runner, & wild swimmer. Host of @whatnextmumpodcast 1x100km ultra, 7x marathons. Fast-packed The Jurassic Coast! *** 3rd March ***

Amy Bushatz

Amy Bushatz

Getting outside for 20mins everyday and how it’s changed her life. Plus going after a 100 miler mountain run! *** 1st March ***

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

On the Go - Being passionate about the outdoors and showing people there is a place for physical activity outside of elite sport. *** 24th February ***

Quinn Brett

Quinn Brett

First person to hand-cycle the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from the Canadian border to the Mexico border. *** 22nd February ***

Gail Muller

Gail Muller

Adventurer and Author of “Unlost: A journey of self-discovery and the healing power of the wild outdoors”. *** 10th February ***

Namratha Nandish

Namratha Nandish

“Alpine Girl” - 1st Indian woman to trek to ALL 50 Alpine Lakes in Kashmir in one season (2021). *** 3rd February ***

Dr. Easkey Britton

Dr. Easkey Britton

Marine social scientist, writer and ocean leader from Ireland, with a deep love and passion for surfing and the sea. Her work explores the relationship between people and nature. *** 1st February ***

Laura Massey-Pugh

Laura Massey-Pugh

Ultra/long distance cyclist, planning to break the tandem around the World Record with her husband Stevie in 2022. *** 27th January ***

Shilletha Curtis

Shilletha Curtis

Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2021 and her goal of becoming the 2nd Black woman to achieve the Triple Crown of Hiking. *** 25th January ***

Helen Dainty

Helen Dainty

Full time global hobo cycling the world on AU$100/week. 5 years in and 58,000 km cycled so far… *** 20th January ***

Hazel Oakes

Hazel Oakes

Illustrator and mural artist, passionate about empowering women to reach their goals and to become more adventurous. *** 18th January ***

Samantha Turner

Samantha Turner

Serial challenge adventurer, corporate life coach, mum of two boys, and unfortunately, recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. *** 13th January ***

Person Irresponsible

Person Irresponsible

Author of "Everything You Ever Taught Me". Female, fat, funny, forty-something and in her 4th year of recovery from Alcoholism. Walking 2,653 from Mexico to Canada on the PCT. *** 11th January ***

Leah Goldstein

Leah Goldstein

The 1st female ever to WIN the overall SOLO division of the gruelling Race Across Across America in its 39 year history! *** 6th January ***

Kristen Berkeley

Kristen Berkeley

City girl who moved to the subarctic! Advocating diversity and inclusion outdoors. Founder of Amplify Outdoors. *** 4th January ***

Eleanor Carey

Eleanor Carey

Adventurer and Ocean Rower, 2x GWR holder for rowing 2,400 miles across the Pacific Ocean. *** 1st January ***