INSPIRATION

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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Mental Health, Well-being & Fitness

Abby McQueeney Penamonte

Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach. Helping women to fuel their bodies, improve their relationship with food, fitness, and body image.

Jillian A. Brown

Paddling a tandem sea kayak down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and becoming the first Canadian to paddle across America; 6,500km in 150 days.

Abi Melton

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

Kelly Smith

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

Marcia Roberts

First woman to record an official time for cycling 1,725 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats and back, after completing her epic journey in 11 days, 13 hrs and 13 mins.

Anja Madhvani

Completing her first ultra the Marathon Des Sables with undiagnosed Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Now fully recovered she is training for the London Marathon in 2022.

Clare Rutter

Paddlesports & outdoors enthusiast. A traumatic brain injury survivor and was the 2020/21 British Canoeing #ShePaddles Ambassador for Canoe Wales.

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.

Cherelle Harding

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

Lucy Shepherd

Adventurer. Polar, Mountain and Jungle. Fellow of the RGS.

Ellie Douglas

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

Winnie Poaty

Congolese open water swimmer. Mental Wellness Advocate.

Megan Al-Ghailani 

Youngest woman to run from John O’Groats to Lands End (JOGLE) completely solo and unsupported.

Ruqsana Begum

Muay Thai world champion in 2016, and the world's first female Muslim boxing champion

Sally Gunnell

The only woman to hold the World, Olympic, European, and Commonwealth Gold Medals at the same time!

Carolin Botterill

Bravery, Running the Jungle Ultra for the 5th time - Plus Escaping the Jungle - a 200km race in Belize!

Melissa Urie

First women to complete UberMan. Ultra-Triathlon - A 21-mile swim, 400-mile bike ride followed by a 135 mile run through Death Valley!

Dr. Stacy Sims

Leading Global Expert on Female Physiology and Endurance Training. Author of ROAR.

Leanne Spencer & Antonia Bannasch

The Worlds Toughest Ski Race , The Arctic Circle Race, Greenland - 160km!

Allie Bailey

Has run over 60 races, from half marathons to 100 mile ultras & in January she became the 1st women to run across a 100 mile wide froze lake in Mongolia!

Paula McGuire

“Must Try Harder” an unlikely adventurer who is an anxiety survivor.

Felicity Aston

Expedition Leader for The Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018.

Melissa Urie

2nd Women to ever finish the EPIC 5 - 5 Ironman in 5 days across 5 different islands in Hawaii!

Suzy Favour Hamilton

Olympian x3, NYT Best Selling Author - “Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running From Madness”, & Mental Health Advocate

Ashley Hunt

Wellness Coach & Meditation Teacher dealing with Chronic Pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis

Amy Spencer

Powerlifter - European Junior Bronze Medallist 2015

Sabrina Pace-Humphreys

Co-founder of Black Trail Runners and running Britain’s most brutal race - the Spine Race 286 miles non-stop!

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.

Omie Dale

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

Gail Muller

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

Preeti Khattri

Engineer, trail runner, and founder of trail running company Nepal Trail Series.

Biola Babawale

Chairperson and ride leader for Velociposse Club. A cycling club for all women, all trans, and all non-binary people in London.

Vera Ngosi-Sambrook

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

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.

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.

Lavina Mehta MBE

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

Patricia Alcivar

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

Santia Deck

Professional athlete making history as the highest paid Female Professional American Footballer.

Dr. Betty Holston Smith

79 years young, running 60 to 100 miles per week, sharing her knowledge about running, health and fitness.

Rosaria Barreto

Movement is Medicine - using exercise to help women and seniors with clinical health conditions

Elle Linton

Fitness Professional & Blogger at Keep it SimpELLE

Helen Langridge

Cycled LEJOG solo and unsupported in 2015, then in 2017 cycled 30,000km around the world with her future husband Mike.

Sian Lewis

The Girl Outdoors: The Wild Girl's Guide to Adventure, Travel and Wellbeing!

Josephine Anselin

Running the length of New Zealand in 99 days, cycling across Sardinia, Taiwan and down the West coast of America!

Chrissie Wellington

British Triathlete and 4X World Ironman Champion (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011), wife, mum and Global Head of Health and Wellbeing at Parkrun.

Carolin Botterill

52 year old mum of 3 who became an accidental ultra runner!

Rachel Ann Cullen

Author of “Running for my Life” sharing about mental health and how she eventually overcomes her demons through running,

Leanne Spencer

Citi exec until burnout, recovered, became a PT, & co-founded Bodyshot! She’s taken part in 3x Scotland Coast to Coast Races, as well as Man V Mountain! Currently training for the Arctic Circle Race in 2019!

Adelaide Goodeve

Recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and going on to become an Ironman!

Kim Constantinesco

Editor-in-Chief of @Purpose2Play, Big mountain snowboarder, Stunt Woman who is addicted to storytelling & living boldly

Rachel Bown

PE Teacher & Triathlete who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014. This is her journey back to fitness.

Susanne Masters

Ethnobotanist looking at the interactions we have with wildlife. Author of Wild Waters.

Michelle Moore

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

Tasha Thompson

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

Eleanor Carey

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

Jill Wheatley

Visually impaired, traumatic brain injury survivor. Adventuring in the mountains around the world.

Aneela McKenna

Diversity, Inclusion and Well-being manager, MTB Guide and Coach, Go Where Scotland, Founder of Mòr Diversity.

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.

Belinda Kirk

Campaigner promoting the benefits of adventure for wellbeing. Author of - Adventure Revolution:The life-changing power of choosing challenge.

Dr. Mina Endeley

Senior Military Doctor, Mother, Lupus Warrior and Marathon Runner.

Angela White

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

Cadi Lambert

An Adventurous Girl - Blog on adventure, travel, fitness & mental health!

Nazia Khatun

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

Hetty Key

Adventurer and Lead Researcher into Women in Adventure - Investigating the association between the outdoors and mental wellbeing in women.

Anoushé Husain

Para-climber, cancer survivor & co-founder of Para Climbing London!

Louise Johnstone

Endurance Athlete & PT, discussing mental health, Marathon des Sables & her next challenge #2020RunNorthSea

Carmen Rendell

Walking the entire coast of the British Isles in 2020 to raise profile for walking therapy

Jo Bradshaw

Dealing with grief, climbing Mount Denali and a 7 summits update!

Melissa Urie

Mental health nurse completing Ultra-man Hawaii and in training for UBERMAN in October 2019.

Abbi Naylor

Expedition Leader. Outdoor Instructor. Adventurer & Endurance Athlete who completed 30 challenges to celebrate turning 30 in 2018!

Terra Roam

Became the first woman to walk 17,000km, solo and unsupported around Australia!

Dr. Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

Surgeon for the NHS, Adventurer and only woman who walked with Robert Swan on the South Pole Energy Challenge in January 2018.

Hope Virgo

Runner, Author & Mental Health Campaigner

Sam Taylor

Trying 100 sports and fitness classes in a year and now helping women to find their Get Up and Go in their community!

Margaret Schlachter

The first professional female obstacle course racer & founder of Dirt in Your Skirt!

Tanith Facey

Going from the couch to running the London Marathon!