Bio written by her friend:
“Sam, 47, has an interesting and diverse background, having Indian and English heritage and growing up between the UK, USA and Middle East.
Over the past few years she has set herself multiple challenges raising money for charity or just doing for fun.
In 2019, Sam set herself 12 challenges:
Cold Water Swimming Championships
10K Winter run
Climbing one of the more challenging routes up Snowdon
Swimathon (5k swim)
Great Northern SwimRun (Lake Windermere)
Selkie Henley Classic - night / dawn swim
SwimRun Tooting Bec
Running a half marathon
Not drinking any alcohol for 28 days
North Downs 50k walk
Trekking two marathons in two days through the desert
Unfortunately in late 2020, she was diagnosed with stage four cancer which was a huge blow to her, her family and friends. I certainly thought that would be the end of her adventuring and it felt immensely sad.
However Sam has a remarkable positive energy and outlook on life and has been determined to carry on as normal.
This year, while managing ongoing cancer treatment, she has already completed the Arcticbear swim challenge over winter, the 100km jurassic coast walk challenge, the great north 5km swim in lake Windermere, the lake Windermere trail walk challenge, The Selkie Henley classic 2km upstream swim at dawn, and Henley mile swim (I’ve probably missed more!).
I have been lucky enough to share some of these adventures with her and have learnt so much along the way.
From learning to enjoy those precious moments in the outdoors or in the water, to persevering even when things seem impossible.
I think a lot of your listeners would benefit from hearing her story, knowing where she has come from, what she is battling today and her vision for the future.”
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Who is Sam
Living inLondon with her husband and 2 boys
Not being sporty growing up but enjoying spending time in the outdoors
Moving to America at 8 years old
Being put off running at a young age
Going to boarding school in the UK
Spending time abroad with family
How her parents met
Studying psychology and music at university
Not following her passion at a young age
Meeting her husband and moving to London
Having her children at 39 and 42
Asking herself - What am I doing with my life?
Needing to get her life back on track
How having children changed her priorities
Loosing her identity
Signing up for a 100k walk from London to Brighton
Getting to the half way point…
Mind over matter and how it has played a huge part in her life especially in recent years
Being inspired by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Learning to believe in herself again
Needing to make a lifestyle change
Setting out in 2019 to do 12 challenges
The challenges of lockdown and not being able to swim
The power of consistency
Planning 12 challenges at the end of 2018
Wanting to be prepared
Involving her family in the training and the challenges
Doing something that she’s not good at
The South Down’s 50k Walk and taking on the desert
Doing events with Ultra Challenge
Going through woodland at nighttime
Dealing with the heat of the desert
2020 and the challenges faced
Wanting to make a career change
Being diagnosed with breast cancer
Stage 4 cancer and being given all the options
Going through the menopause in 3 weeks
Getting back into cold water and how it helped
Starting treatment at home
Taking on a 5k swim in Lake Windermere
Balancing life, challenges, family and treatment
Making sure the children are aware of what’s going on
The next 2 challenges…
Wanting to take on a relay swim across the channel!
Putting the group together
Swimming for an hour at a time
Getting swimming lessons
Connect and follow with Sam
Final words of advice for other women
Do things that bring you joy
Believe you can do it
Coaching Website: www.samanthaturner.co.uk
Fundraising pages with details about her challenges:
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