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Kiko Matthews - Cycling 6,900km around the UK and Ireland’s coasts, beach cleaning

Kiko Matthews - KIK PLASTIC 2019 - Cycling 6,900km around the UK and Ireland’s coasts, beach cleaning and building a community against plastic!

We first spoke with Kiko on the 1st May 2018, where she shared more about her solo and unsupported row, 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

Kiko tells more about her life, the challenges she faced and overcame, from being diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease and having brain surgery only months before the Atlantic row.

Kiko achieved the impossible, she broke the women's record by 5 days and crossed the ocean in 49 days, 10 hours and 13 seconds. Kiko had never rowed before deciding on this challenge!

In this Tough Girl Extra podcast episode, we catch up with Kiko to find out what’s she’s been up to since, how she decided on her next challenge - Kik Plastic, how she funds her life, what motivates her and what the future looks like.

Kiko does not hold back and shares all the details, she’s authentic and as real as they come! Enjoy this episode!


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Listen to the first episode we did with Kiko - find out more about her World Record Atlantic Row!

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Show notes

  • Kiko shares more about her backstory

  • Deciding what to do next after her Atlantic row

  • Doing a beach clean in Portugal

  • Cycling around the world and doing beach cleans…

  • Deciding to keep it local

  • The logistical challenge

  • Getting a team together to help with the planning

  • Fundraising and needing help

  • Biking experience!

  • Starting the challenge on 5th May 2019

  • Getting into her rhythm and getting fitter

  • The importance of having a purpose

  • The stand out moments from the tour

  • Giving up hope

  • Showing up and doing what needs to be done

  • What the learning from Kik Plastic was

  • The fishing industry

  • Getting use to the hills

  • Talking money

  • The power of networking

  • Knowing your why and building a community

  • The cost of Kik Plastic

  • The Wadi Rum Ultra

  • Hating running!

  • Team Like a Girl - set up by Lauren Morton

  • Doing 70k in a day

  • Shuffle running

  • Why it was so hard walking

  • Comparison between the row, the run and the ride

  • Quick Fire Questions

  • Final words of advice


Social Media

Personal Website:

Instagram: @kikomatthews

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