December 31, 2016

Jen Dykxhoorn is a coffee-drinking, bicycle-loving, nature-loving, ukulele playing, adventure-seeking wanderer!  She is a 30-year-old Canadian living (mostly) in London, UK while working on her PhD in psychiatric epidemiology.

Due to the nature of her research, she also spends several months a year in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Prior to returning to school, she worked for several year...

December 30, 2016

2016…. I honesty can’t believe what I’ve done and what I’ve achieved over the  past 12 months. I have no idea how the time has passed, but here we are. Ready to close the book on 2016 and to start a fresh on the 1st January 2017.

I hate New Year’s Eve with a passion, but I love the 1st of January. It’s fresh, it’s new, it’s an exciting time of the year. It’s the unknown. It’s filled with potential and...

December 30, 2016

Meet Rae, she's in her mid 30’s (or though she can't quite believe it!) and she wants to run an ultra!

Rae had a false start with running in 2015 when she wanted to try and lose some weight.

Unfortunately she suffered two separate Grade 2 tears in her lower leg which put her on crutches, in physio and then out of the game for several months.

The injuries were due to a combination of too...

December 29, 2016

Gemma is a 27 year old technology PR consultant living in central London. She moved down to London 6 years ago after university and has been worked some pretty long hours ever since in a demanding but rewarding career.

Outside of work, Gemma likes to be outside exploring, even if it's just in the local park.

Almost two years ago she had a moment where she decided it's not worth...

December 28, 2016

Rachel is 33, from New Zealand. She moved to France near the Swiss border about 10 years ago to work as an Au Pair. She was supposed to be in Europe for 9 months but loved it so much she ended up staying! 

Rachel married her husband, Iain in 2009. Iain was born and raised in Switzerland to British parents. Together they have thee young daughters, Holly 7, Chloe 3 and Gemma who...

December 27, 2016

Elise Downing - The youngest and only female to run 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain!

December 27, 2016

Georgie is 26 years old, living and working as a Marketing Manager in London. She loves being fit, active and getting outside as much as she can.

It was only in January 2015 when she really started getting into fitness.

Georgie can remember the moment she decided she wanted to get in shape and get fit. From that point on she was determined!

This involved getting up early to train on those dark...

December 26, 2016

Jo Jo was born in 1964, she was fortunate to grow up by the sea, with her sister and her two brothers. When not in school, they were outside. Sports were a very important part of life and they participated in ALL sports!

From 1977 it was field hockey and running. After 1985, Jo Jo started to focus more on her running. She lived one hour north of the Boston Marathon finish line and s...

December 25, 2016

Laura is 34 years old and lives in Brentwood, Essex. She works as a Personal Trainer and Event Organiser.

When she turned 30 she had a sudden panic that her life would be over within a flash and she decided she wanted to get more out of life and wanted to go on adventures, and use her body! She wanted a challenge, she wanted to be pushed and she wanted to be taken outside of her comfort zone. 


December 24, 2016

Ali Mahoney from has very kindly agreed to give the 7 women participating in the 7 women - 7 challenges in 2017 free access to her confidence coaching course. 

It asks the key question - “How can I perform with more confidence?”

Confidence is an essential component of successful sports performance, no matter what level you’re competing at, or what age you are. But, when you have your con...

December 20, 2016

Polly Vacher - The first pilot to complete a solo flight around the world via both Poles in a single-engine aircraft!

December 16, 2016

I only started thinking about what I wanted to do with my life, while I was travelling over in South America. I finally had what I craved; peace, quiet and the anonymity of being a traveller. I was away from home, away from my friends and family and finally found time to think. 

Sitting on buses travelling through, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and eventually all the way to Rio. I had the time. I had...

December 14, 2016

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