Jen Price, is a former British Army Officer who spent the entirety of 2022 undertaking an extreme set of adventure and endurance challenges on behalf of the Veteran’s Foundation.
The solo challenge she set herself was to complete 12 challenges in 12 months, in quick succession. The challenges were multi-discipline and included the Devizes to Westminster international canoe race, an ironman, a multistage desert ultra-marathon, summit of Aconcagua, and a 1000 mile self supported Lands’ End to John O’Groats cycle. None of the challenges were events she had attempted before and, in total, she covered over 3500km and climbed two of the Seven Summits.
Jen has raised nearly £35,000 for the Veterans’ Foundation and she continues to fundraise in her spare time by speaking about the challenges at schools, universities and business. She also has two outstanding challenges to go this year (replaced due to severe weather) which she will also fundraise for: paddle boarding across the English channel and climbing the famous Matterhorn.
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Joining the Army in 2012
Why she joined the Army
Deciding to raise funds for the Veterans’ Foundation
Being inspired by the Tough Girl Podcast!
Her role in the Army and being physical robust
Doing cross country ski racing and competing for the Army
Joining the cadets at university
Deciding to leave the army after 10 years
How the dream was turned into a plan - the practical steps that were taken
Starting with the desert marathon and building the rest of the challenges around it
Paying for the adventures and challenges
Being able to borrow equipment to help keep costs down
Being supported by her friends and family
Being frugal to keep costs down
The stress of planning and doing challenges throughout the year
Training for the variety of challenges
The challenges of the desert marathon (challenge 10) and feeling broken
Self appreciation and not putting so much pressure on herself to achieve
Dealing with the feelings of shame
Her experience with climbing Aconcagua and the challenges she faced with the cold and the altitude
Doing a 1000 mile solo self supported Lands’ End to John O’Groats cycle
The 2 remaining challenges left for 2023
The lessons learned from the challenges
Sharing more about experience addiction
Taking a step back from adventuring and figuring out the next steps in her life
"If you’re not on an adventure, you should be planning your next one"
How to connect with Jen
Wanting to write a book about the challenges
Final words of advice for other women and girls
Not caring what other people think and why it can be powerful
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