TOUGH GIRL PODCAST 2021

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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Kathy Elkind

Kathy Elkind

57, walking the 1,400 mile/2,286km Grande Randonnée Cinq (GR5) with her husband of 27 years *** 23rd September ***

Houda Loukili

Houda Loukili

Former Dutch National Kickboxing Champion, and Youth Coach for Personal Growth *** 21st September ***

Katie Spotz

Katie Spotz

Endurance Athlete & WR Holder. 5X Ironman, cycled across the USA, run 100 miles nonstop in under 20 hours, and rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean. *** 18th September ***

Jcy Ho

Jcy Ho

One of Hong Kong’s top ultra runners. She won VMM 70km and was the HK50 Series winner 2018/19. *** 16th September ***

Prerna Dangi

Prerna Dangi

Mountain Guide and Climber from India who is pushing the limits on rock, ice, and everything in between. *** 11th September ***

Emma Kingston

Emma Kingston

Teacher, Outdoor Adventurer and Author of Bikepacking England 20 multi-day off-road cycling adventures. *** 9th September ***

Vera Ngosi-Sambrook

Vera Ngosi-Sambrook

Endurance Cyclist & Engineer - Competing in her first 2,000km self-supported endurance cycling race, The Pan Celtic Race 21. *** 7th September ***

Prof. Angie Abdou

Prof. Angie Abdou

Author - This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Wilderness Memoir. *** 4th September ***

Dr. Hajjah Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir

Dr. Hajjah Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir

Malaysian Polar Explorer who ski-sailed across Antartica from the South Pole to Hercules inlet in 22 days. *** 2nd September ***

Jessica Hatcher-Moore

Jessica Hatcher-Moore

Journalist & author living on a hillside in North Wales, writing about improbable things; most recently, childbirth. AFTER BIRTH: What nobody tells you – How to Recover Body and Mind. *** 31st August ***

Dr. Sarita Robinson

Dr. Sarita Robinson

aka “Dr Survival” is a leading academic researcher in Survival Psychology. Sharing how to improve your chances of survival in disaster situations. *** 28th August ***

Abbie Barnes

Abbie Barnes

Founder of Spend More Time In The WILD, an organisation that seeks to inspire and empower individuals to get outside for the benefit of mental and physical health. *** 26th August ***

Dr. Adya Misra

Dr. Adya Misra

British Canoeing #ShePaddles Club Champion. Raising awareness on the lack of diversity in paddlesports and helping to improve gender, ethnic and neuro-diversity in the paddlesports community. *** 24th August ***

Cherelle Harding

Cherelle Harding

Founder of Steppers UK. Encouraging Diversity Outdoors, Supporting Black, Asian & Ethnic Minority communities to build positive relationships with the outdoors. *** 19th August ***

Nadhira Alharthy

Nadhira Alharthy

First Omani Woman to summit Mt Everest (2019) and First Arab Woman to summit Mt Amadablam (2021). *** 14th August ***

Sufiya

Sufiya

Ultra Runner, Fastest female to Run from Kashmir to Kanyakumari (4,000 km in 87 days) and the Indian Golden Quadrilateral Road (6000 km in 110 days, 23 hours). *** 10th August ***

Jasmine Sanchez

Jasmine Sanchez

Runner, Founder of Vessel Athletics, and a Community Lead of the Running Industry Diversity Coalition. *** 5th August ***

Hannah Jennings

Hannah Jennings

"The Destroyer" shares more on how to become a badass, level up your strength, and build unparalleled confidence in yourself. *** 4th August ***

Sam Ortiz

Sam Ortiz

A plus size, Latinx, rock climber, mountaineer, and founder of Climb Big. *** 4th August ***

Denise Mueller-Korenek

Denise Mueller-Korenek

Goal Setting, Overcoming Performance Anxiety and becoming the fastest cyclist on earth! *** 4th August ***

Jessica Nabongo

Jessica Nabongo

Ugandan-American World Traveller, who became the first Black Woman to travel to every country in the world! *** 4th August ***

Milbry Polk

Milbry Polk

Explorer and Photo Journalist, Founder of Wings WorldQuest, and on the Board for The Explorers Club *** 3rd August ***

Nuran Honakhande

Nuran Honakhande

An adventurous mum whose aim is to inspire and encourage mums to adventure solo with kids. *** 29th July ***

Dr. Megan Banker

Dr. Megan Banker

A plus-size outdoor adventurer and chiropractor on a mission to inspire and empower people to step into their power and live without limits. *** 27th July ***

Krystal Salvent

Krystal Salvent

Her passion for cycling and being a co-leader of Black Girls Do Bike Denver. Helping to promote cycling among a community of BIPOC women, femmes, and girls in Colorado. *** 22nd July ***

Rosie Stancer

Rosie Stancer

Accomplished Polar athlete and explorer since 1996 - described by one journalist as “a cross between Tinker Bell and the Terminator” *** 20th July ***

Dora Atim

Dora Atim

Running Coach and Founder of Ultra Black Running. Completing The Speed Project twice, a 340-mile relay race from LA to Las Vegas! *** 15th July ***

Charlotte Austwick

Charlotte Austwick

Explorer of the Natural World, FRGS, SES Rivers Foundation Explorer 2019, Filmmaker & public speaker. *** 13th July ***

Preet Chandi

Preet Chandi

Army Physiotherapist and Ultra Runner, training for her first solo unsupported expedition to the South Pole! *** 8th July ***

Maria Coffey

Maria Coffey

Award Winning Author, Adventurer & Pioneering Expedition Kayaker. *** 6th July ***

Soraya Abdel-Hadi

Soraya Abdel-Hadi

Award-winning writer, artist, and advocate for women and diversity in the UK outdoors. Founder of @alltheelements_ *** 1st July ***

Dr. Mina Endeley

Dr. Mina Endeley

Senior Military Doctor, Mother, Lupus Warrior and Marathon Runner. *** 29th June ***

Dr. Katharine Ganly

Dr. Katharine Ganly

Endurance Runner - Spartathlon 2017, Dragons Back 2017, Grand Union Canal Race 2016, Centurion 4x100mile "Grand Slam" 2014 - first female, Marathon des Sables 2013. *** 24th June ***

Alvina Begay

Alvina Begay

Diné/Navajo Woman, Mother, Olympic Qualifier x3 in the Marathon & 10K, and Registered Dietitian *** 22nd June ***

Lucy Shepherd

Lucy Shepherd

Adventurer. Polar, Mountain and Jungle. Fellow of the RGS. *** 17th June ***

Lavina Mehta MBE

Lavina Mehta MBE

Award Winning PT & Wellness Coach, Mum of 3, MBE for Services to Health & Fitness. *** 15th June ***

Cathy Alldred

Cathy Alldred

Planning and leading an expedition to climb Fox Jaw Cirque in East Greenland (2014) *** 10th June ***

Tima Deryan

Tima Deryan

Mountaineer & Mindset Coach. 1st Lebanese woman to summit Mt. Everest (2019) *** 8th June ***

Angela White

Angela White

aka The Running Granny, Completing JOGLE (875 miles) at 60 years old in 18 days, 10 hours and 3 minutes! *** 3rd June ***

Amira Patel

Amira Patel

The Founder of The Wanderlust Women Group, which encourages hiking and adventure for Muslim women. *** 1st June ***

Nalini Ravindranath

Nalini Ravindranath

Outdoor Novice & Mistake Maker. Adventure Seeker. Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker. *** 27th May ***

Brooke Thomas

Brooke Thomas

Running with a heart condition. The Nurse who broke the women’s record for completing the Te Araroa Trail, NZ (3,000km) in 57 days! *** 25th May ***

Jessie Leong

Jessie Leong

Award winning filmmaker, brand ambassador for Montane and current Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion *** 20th May ***

Jessi Morton-Langehaug

Jessi Morton-Langehaug

High school chemistry teacher, mother, and ultra runner - women’s winner of Moab 240! *** 18th May ***

Jordan Marie Daniel

Jordan Marie Daniel

Using her running platform to raise awareness over the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, two spirits and relatives (MMIWG2S). #RunningForJustice *** 13th May ***

Ellie Douglas

Ellie Douglas

Mental Health Personal Trainer aiming to raise awareness, and challenge stigma around mental health. ***11th May ***

Patricia Alcivar

Patricia Alcivar

Professional Boxer turned Mountaineer - Climbing Kilimanjaro (in 2 days!), Aconcagua & Mount Elbrus. *** 6th May ***

Frankie Dewar

Frankie Dewar

Writer, speaker and content creator, cycling 3,175km around the UK. Host of the Extraordinary Ordinary You Podcast. *** 4th May ***

Zelzin Aketzalli

Zelzin Aketzalli

(Trail Name: Quetzal) - First Mexican person to have completed the triple crown of hiking in America. *** 29th April ***

Cadi Lambert

Cadi Lambert

An Adventurous Girl - Blog on adventure, travel, fitness & mental health! *** 27th April ***

Neruja Srikantharajah

Neruja Srikantharajah

An Unlikely Outdoor Adventurer - Pushing the importance of representation. *** 22nd April ***

Natalie Warren

Natalie Warren

Author of Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic *** 20th April ***

Jai Bharathi

Jai Bharathi

Award winning Motorcyclist, Traveller & Author. Over 100,000+ kms on motorcycles through 7 countries. *** 15th April ***

Ann Raiho

Ann Raiho

A 2,000-mile journey by paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay *** 13th April ***

Alina “Abstract” Drufovka

Alina “Abstract” Drufovka

Colombian-American artist and thru hiker (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail & Israel National Trail). *** 8th April ***

Mariam Berrada

Mariam Berrada

The @hijabi.hiker who is excited about sharing her journey into the outdoors #DiversifyOutdoors *** 1st April ***

Tania Aebi

Tania Aebi

solo circumnavigation of the globe in a 26-foot sailboat between the ages of 18 and 21, making her the first American woman and the youngest person (at the time) to sail around the world! *** 30th March ***

Shadi Ganjavian-Connor

Shadi Ganjavian-Connor

Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and IBG Philanthropist, Adventurer, and founder of Team GC. #DareToBeDifferent *** 25th March ***

Liv Arnesen

Liv Arnesen

First woman in the world to ski solo and unsupported to the South Pole (1994) – a 50-day expedition of 745 miles (1,200 km) *** 23rd March ***

Winnie Poaty

Winnie Poaty

Congolese open water swimmer. Mental Wellness Advocate. *** 18th March ***

Marie Cheng

Marie Cheng

Avid outdoor and adventure enthusiast, dog mum, and founder of Three Peaks Adventures. *** 16th March ***

Sue Barrett

Sue Barrett

First ‘Adventure Queen’ Grant Winner - A mother and daughter human powered mountain adventure of 1,300 miles, through 8 countries along the spine of the Alps. *** 14th March ***

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

The first woman to scale all 14, 8,000-meter peaks without the use of supplementary oxygen. *** 11th March ***

Yui Pow Redford

Yui Pow Redford

First Asian woman to visit every sovereign country in the world! *** 9th March ***

Ashley Manning

Ashley Manning

A plus-size adventurer who promotes body inclusion, equity and diversity in the outdoors *** 4th March ***

Dani Reyes-Acosta

Dani Reyes-Acosta

Athlete, advocate, and storyteller rewriting the narrative of who plays outside *** 2nd March ***

Helen Mort

Helen Mort

Poet & Author - ‘Never Leave The Dog Behind’ who explores the relationship between people, dogs and the great outdoors. *** 25th February ***

Lee Vue

Lee Vue

Paddling the Mississippi River (2,300+ miles) and her team winning first place in the Women’s Voyageur Division in the Yukon River Quest, paddling 444 miles in 53 hours. *** 23rd February ***

EmmaLucy Cole

EmmaLucy Cole

The joys and challenges of being a solo woman researcher, explorer and biker. Sharing more about spending 2 years with a Bedouin tribe in Sinai. *** 18th February ***

Monisha Rajesh

Monisha Rajesh

Author of “Around the World in 80 Trains”, Nat Geo Traveller Book of the Year. *** 16th February ***

Kat Young

Kat Young

Hiker & Blogger at Attitude over Ability - Hiking the Coast to Coast UK, Alpine Pass Route, Switzerland and the South Island of New Zealand. *** 11th February ***

Santia Deck

Santia Deck

Professional athlete making history as the highest paid Female Professional American Footballer. *** 9th February ***

Kim Ingleby

Kim Ingleby

International Award Winning Mind & Body Coach. Passionate about helping people embrace fear, grow their confidence, and take action. *** 4th February ***

Sophia Danenberg

Sophia Danenberg

The first African American and first Black woman to climb Mount Everest. *** 2nd February ***

Lauren Woodwiss

Lauren Woodwiss

Setting the WR for the fastest female pair to row the Atlantic Ocean & 8 weeks later coming 4th female in the Marathon des Sables! *** 28th January ***

Genny Brown

Genny Brown

Aiming to be the first Aruban to ski to the South Pole and raise awareness on the devastating effects of Lyme Disease. *** 26th January ***

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Independent sports historian writing about women's distance running and sharing stories of female runners over 50. *** 21st January ***

Nazia Khatun

Nazia Khatun

An award winning fitness specialist, connecting neuroscience and fitness to help you fall in love with yourself *** 19th January ***

Renata Chlumska

Renata Chlumska

Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power. *** 14th January ***

Alice Dearing

Alice Dearing

British Marathon swimmer. World and European Junior Champion. Co-founder of Black Swimming Association. *** 12th January 2021 ***

Jeannette McGill

Jeannette McGill

1st South African woman to summit Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world. *** 7th January 2021 ***

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Award-winning writer and travel photographer exploring culture through food, tradition, and lifestyles. *** 5th January 2021 ***