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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Olympians & Pro Athletes

Ruqsana Begum

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

Naomi Kutin

The strongest girl in the world. Naomi “Supergirl” can lift 3x her body weight and holds multiple world records in powerlifting!

Stacey Copeland

British Boxer 2015 Nations Cup Gold Medallist

Elisabet Barnes

Queen of the Desert Ultra, 2x winner of Marathon des Sables (2015/2017) - looking to transition out of competitive running.

Helen Russell

World Champion - Duathlete & Triathlete

Sara Hastreiter

Current challenge - to be the first women to sail the 7 seas and to climb the highest summits of the world's 7 continents!

Anna-Marie Watson

Ultra endurance athlete & performance coach, training for the UTMB in September!

Laura Kennington

The North Sea Cycle route, the world's longest signposted cycle route, 8 countries, 6,000km #GreatNorthRide

Erica Terblanche

Endurance Runner and Adventure Racer, on a mission to share the joy of running. Author of - “Run For The Love Of Life”

Hannah Stodel

4X Paralympian (Sailing), Triple World Champ, Aspiring to compete in the Vendee Globe 2020!

Parys Edwards

Professional triathlete representing Great Britain.

Amy Palmiero-Winters

Extreme Ultra Endurance Athlete and first female amputee to finish Western States and the Badwater Ultramarathon!

Sharon Gayter

Fastest woman to travel by foot between John O'Groats and Land's End. 822 miles in 12 days, 11 hours, 6 minutes, and 7 seconds.

Kathryn Bertine

Professional Cyclist & Activist - Advocating for Equality in Women’s Sports.

Kelda Wood

First female adaptive athlete to summit Aconcagua and row solo across the Atlantic Ocean!

Anna-Marie Watson

Performance coach & founder Reach for More. Endurance athlete recovering #UTMB2017 #HMDS2017.

Laura Marshall

First solo Australian woman to complete one of the world’s toughest ultra-triathlons – The Enduroman Arch to Arc.

Emma Timmis

National Adventurer of the Year 2015 for Running across Africa!

Mara Hafezi

The Fit Londoner: Ironman UK, Wadi Rum Ultra marathon 2018 & The Speed Project running from LA to Las Vegas as fast as possible in 2019!

Megan Fletcher

GB Judo Athlete - Commonwealth Champion Glasgow 2014

Carla Molinaro

Breaking the women's record for Land's End to John O'Groats, running the length of Britain in just 12 days, 30 minutes and 14 seconds!

Mirna Valerio

“The Mirnavator” - Ultra Marathon Runner & National Geographic 2018 Adventurer of the Year!

Hélène Rossiter

Triathlete, Runner, Explorer, Vangirl #wherewheelsgo

Prof. Angie Abdou

Author - This One Wild Life: A Mother-Daughter Wilderness Memoir.

Alice Dearing

British Marathon swimmer. World and European Junior Champion. Co-founder of Black Swimming Association.

Santia Deck

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

Jill Wheatley

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

Susie Cheetham

Professional Triathlete. 6th place at Kona 2015.

Danielle Brown MBE

2x Paralympic Gold Medallist,1st disabled athlete to represent England in the able-bodied team, Speaker & Inclusion Champion

Yolanda Holder

Power walker, 2x Guinness World Record holder & Completing the Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race!

Ailsa MacDonald

Ultra Runner and Distance Triathlete, Canadian National Champion for 100 miles & Ironman Canada 2018 winner.

Gale Bernhardt

USA Olympic Triathlon Team & Olympic Cycling Coach

Abbi Naylor

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

Lindsay Dare Shoop OLY 

Athlete & Educator - Using my physical capacity and love of learning to help people. Author of Better Great Than Never

Denise Mueller-Korenek

Goal Setting, Overcoming Performance Anxiety and becoming the fastest cyclist on earth!

Michelle Griffith-Robinson OLY

Former GB Olympian, wife, mother of 3, lifestyle coach, personal trainer and Ambassador for Diabetes UK

Paula Radcliffe MBE

Fastest female marathoner of all time, and has held the Women’s World Marathon Record in a time of 2:15:25 since 2003!

Karen Darke

Modern-day ‘Alchemist’, passionate about turning challenge into opportunity and transforming the difficult stuff into ‘gold’

Khadijah Diggs

Team USA and Silver IronMan All-World Triathlete. Her mission is to Promote a Positive Image of Muslim Women and Islam in General through Sport.

Annie Voigt

Running 1,000km solo from the lowest to highest point of Germany, after having started running only six months prior.

Melissa Urie

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

Mimi Anderson

Endurance Athlete/Multiple World Record Holder - Running across America, Dealing with Failure, Overcoming Fears, and getting into swimming and biking!

Jcy Ho

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

Sally Gunnell

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

Dani Reyes-Acosta

Athlete, advocate, and storyteller rewriting the narrative of who plays outside

Veronica Ribot de Cañales

Retired diver, 3x Olympian, becoming an SUP racer and Yogi in her late 50s!

Donna McConnell

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

Laura Kennington

Kayaking in Russia, cycling the Wild Atlantic Way and circumnavigating 3 of the Channel Islands in an extreme triathlon!

Alvina Begay

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

Louise Johnstone

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

Fenella Langridge

Professional Triathlete over 70.3 distance

Guin Batten

A former professional rower who won an Olympic silver medal in Sydney in 2000

Michelle Moore

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

Amelia Boone

Full-time attorney, 3X World’s Toughest Mudder Champion & Spartan Race World Champion!!

Patricia Alcivar

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

Jen Bricker

Accomplished acrobat and aerialist….. born without legs

Sally Barkow

Former Olympic sailor, most recently on board the all-female Team SCA in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race

Claire Smith

Ultra endurance athlete - Only person in the UK to have finished a continuous Double Deca (20x Ironman). Training for the Arch To Arc Triathlon (Sept 2022).

Shu Pillinger

1st British woman to complete RAAM Solo in 2015 after broken clavicle in 2014.

Kate Swoboda

Author of The Courage Habit: Sharing more about how to accept your fears, release the past, and Live Your Courageous Life

Tricia Downing

Wheelchair Athlete, Mental Toughness Speaker, Author, Helping you GET YOUR GRIT ON.

Adelle Tracey

British middle distance runner. European Finalist & World Semi-finalist. Professional Hair and Makeup artist.

Amazin LeThi

Athlete and Global Advocate for LGBTQ equality in sports

Mel Nicholls

Paralympian, Endurance and Adventure Athlete, Handcycle LEJOG World Record Holder.

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.

Jenny Valentish

New book: Everything Harder Than Everyone Else: Why some of us push our bodies to extremes. Exploring the fine line between hedonism & endurance.

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.

Lucy O’Conner

Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Boxer & Boxing Coach

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.

Suzy Favour Hamilton

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

Dr. Sarah McCormack

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

Loretta Claiborne

Special Olympics Athlete, World-class runner and motivational speaker.

Margaret Schlachter

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

Caroline Bramwell

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis - A self-confessed couch potato - Her journey to becoming a triathlete!

Rachel Bown

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

Jessica Hepburn

Adventure Activist - Her journey to climbing Mt. Everest and completing her “Pond to Peak” Challenge.

Susie Mitchell

How she trained thru pregnancy and won her 1st World Masters Track Championship 4 months after giving birth!

Alicia Doyle

Journalist & Author of ‘Fighting Chance’, winner of 2 Golden Gloves championship titles and named, The California Female Fight of the Year in 2000

Kikkan Randall

5X Olympian, Olympic champion cross-country skier 2018 & World Champion, “Get-Activist” and Mom Athlete.

Dr. Tekemia Dorsey

Ironman & CEO of the International Association of Black Triathletes (IABT)

Liz Yelling

Marathon runner, Double Olympian & Commonwealth medalist

Bonnie St. John

1st African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition. Talking about building resilience, embracing inclusion and achieving success.

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!

Melissa Urie

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

Helen Croydon

This Girl Ran: Tales of a Party Girl Turned Triathlete  - ditching a glamorous city girl lifestyle, and two years later qualifying to be a GB age-group triathlete!

Natalie Vie

Team USA Fencer & Rio 2016 Olympic Hopeful

Chemmy Alcott

4X Winter Olympian and one of Great Britain’s greatest ever skiers!

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.

Jessi Stensland

Elite multi-sport athlete

Selene Yeager

‘The Fit Chick’, Pro Mountain Bike Racer, Author & All-American Ironman triathlete

Ann Trason

American ultra runner who has broken 20 world records & won Western States a record 14 times!

Suzanne “Sunny” Stroeer

First woman to circumnavigate and summit Aconcagua in a single push - the Full 360!

Kathryn Bertine

Athlete and advocate for equality in women’s sports.

Abhejali Bernardová

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

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!