Jen and her husband Sim have completed multiple marathons, ultra-marathons, Ironman triathlons and adventure races.
In 2015 they decided they had had enough of the traditional way of living and spent a year living under canvas with their two young children (5 and 7 years old), they used this opportunity to explore more of Britain’s National Parks.
Jen enjoys writing about nature, families, sport and adventures, she co-authors books with Sim, and their books include two of the Day Walks series from Vertebrate; The Adventurer’s Guide to Britain (2018); Amazing Family Adventures (2017); and Wild Running (2014).
Jen is an advocate of sustainable adventuring, and she works with organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust and the Forestry Commission to highlight the importance of looking after our precious wild places.
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Growing up and loving the outdoors and playing sports
Moving from London to the countryside
Not really enjoying sports at school - but loving running
How she uses running to get “me time”
Focusing on running and getting into ultra marathons
Recovering from a car crash
Her first marathon…. the Snowdonia Marathon
Fitting her running in around her life
Why she loves running
Combining her passions for writing and running
Not getting maternity pay and not being able to work
Getting her first publishing deal
Deciding to live in a tent for a year (to have an adventure and to save money!)
How she met her husband - Sim
The reality of living in a field with a 3 year old and a 6 month old
Having a back up plan
Camping in the UK throughout winter
Having supportive friends
How life changed after having children
Home schooling the children
The Race for the Stones (while still breast feeding)!
Wanting to prove to herself that she could take on a big challenge
Struggling with motivation while running and how she got passed it
Amazing Family Adventures (a book with the National Trust)
Exposing children to risk
Not putting her children on social media
Advice for new parents for getting children involved in adventure
Leaving tent life behind and moving back into a house
The Adventurers Guide to Britain
New books coming out next year!
Website - www.adventureplaces.co.uk
Facebook - @jenandsimbenson
Instagram - @jenandsim_adventures
Twitter - @jenandsim
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