INSPIRATION

Every episode is full of inspiring stories of women overcoming great challenges.

The Tough Girl Podcast won the  Shextreme Best Adventure Podcast Award in 2019 & the Women's Sports Trust #BeAGameChanger National Award for Media Initiative of the Year 2018.

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Ultra Runners

Sabrina Pace-Humphreys

Co-founder of Black Trail Runners and running Britain’s most brutal race - the Spine Race 286 miles non-stop!

Abhejali Bernardová

Completing an extreme ultra-triathlon from Dover to Prague (1,111 km) in 7 days 12hrs and 5 mins.

Sophie Ruffles

Mum, runner, & wild swimmer. Host of @whatnextmumpodcast 1x100km ultra, 7x marathons. Fast-packed The Jurassic Coast!

Preeti Khattri

Engineer, trail runner, and founder of trail running company Nepal Trail Series.

Katie Spotz

Endurance Athlete & WR Holder. 5X Ironman, cycled across the USA, run 100 miles nonstop in under 20 hours, and rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Vici Royle

Passionate Runner taking on her first 100K challenge - Race to the Castle!

Dr. Katharine Ganly

Endurance Runner - Spartathlon 2017, Dragons Back 2017, Grand Union Canal Race 2016, Centurion 4x100mile "Grand Slam" 2014 - first female, Marathon des Sables 2013.

Jessi Morton-Langehaug

High school chemistry teacher, mother, and ultra runner - women’s winner of Moab 240!

Katie Holmes

Independent sports historian writing about women's distance running and sharing stories of female runners over 50.

Katie Visco

Adventurer and ultra endurance runner - Ran across America 2009 and ran across Australia in 2019!

Ashly Winchester

Ultra runner focused on FKT’s (Fastest Known Times) & Host of Womxn Of The Wild Podcast

Nikki Love

Adventure Runner, Ran 63 marathons in 63 days in 2017. Training to run 2,500 miles on a treadmill in 63 days…

Carolin Botterill

Bravery, Running the Jungle Ultra for the 5th time - Plus Escaping the Jungle - a 200km race in Belize!

Mimi Anderson

Endurance Athlete/Multiple World Record Holder - Running across America, Dealing with Failure, Overcoming Fears, and getting into swimming and biking!

Kristina Palten

Swedish ultra-runner who ran alone through Iran to overcome fears and prejudice. A 1,144 mile journey of Trust.

Véronique Bourbeau

Running 3,010km in 72 days, across Japan!! Plus her plans to run the length of Africa in 2024!

Mara Hafezi

The Fit Londoner: Ironman UK, Wadi Rum Ultra marathon 2018 & The Speed Project running from LA to Las Vegas as fast as possible in 2019!

Pippa Lyon

Completed the Race Around Ireland in 2017, had a baby in 2018 and is riding in the Tour De France 2019!

Laura Try

Rowing 3,000 km in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

Carolin Botterill

52 year old mum of 3 who became an accidental ultra runner!

Nicky Spinks

1st person ever to run a Double Ramsay Round in the Scottish mountains! 116 miles. 57,000ft of ascent. 48 peaks. Time: 55hrs 56mins

Cazz Lander

Running ultras, doing 12 challenges in 12 months & training to row the pacific ocean!

Beth French

The Quick Fire Round!! #swimming #training #cake

Laura Maisey

In September 2016, she ran from Rome to London, a journey of 1,249 miles.

Anna-Marie Watson

Ultra endurance athlete & performance coach, training for the UTMB in September!

Sophie Radcliffe

From Challenge Sophie! 

Rae Red

New runner going after her first Ultra!

Lorna North

From “Queen of the Mile” - Talking about travel, running, cycling, her experience of a DNF & what’s in store for the future!

Ann Trason

American ultra runner who has broken 20 world records & won Western States a record 14 times!

Milly Voice

Ultra Distance Runner & Blogger

Mimi Anderson

Endurance Runner & Multiple Guinness World Record Holder!c

Rebecca Ferry

Mum of 5. Ultra runner and high altitude mountaineer - completing the “High Double” Everest and Lhotse, followed by K2.

Miriam Diaz Gilbert

Runner since 1989; ultra-runner since 2005. Training for her 30th ultra - the Dawn to Dusk to Dawn 24-hr track ultra in May 2022.

Amy Bushatz

Getting outside for 20mins everyday and how it’s changed her life. Plus going after a 100 miler mountain run!

Adelle Tracey

British middle distance runner. European Finalist & World Semi-finalist. Professional Hair and Makeup artist.

Jcy Ho

One of Hong Kong’s top ultra runners. She won VMM 70km and was the HK50 Series winner 2018/19.

Preet Chandi

Army Physiotherapist and Ultra Runner, training for her first solo unsupported expedition to the South Pole! 

Angela White

aka The Running Granny, Completing JOGLE (875 miles) at 60 years old in 18 days, 10 hours and 3 minutes!

Cadi Lambert

An Adventurous Girl - Blog on adventure, travel, fitness & mental health!

Jen McMahon and Kara Wilson

Road to 50 Miles

Amy Palmiero-Winters

Extreme Ultra Endurance Athlete and first female amputee to finish Western States and the Badwater Ultramarathon!

Carla Molinaro

Breaking the women's record for Land's End to John O'Groats, running the length of Britain in just 12 days, 30 minutes and 14 seconds!

Sabrina Pace-Humpreys

Ultra runner, going from Anxiety to Accomplishment - Running the Marathon des Sables and challenging Rural Racism

Audrey McIntosh

56, Her Global Odyssey, 100km non-stop in each of the World’s Continents!

Beth Whitman

Running her 1st Marathon at 50, completing the Snowman Trek in Bhutan and training for the 4 Deserts Challenge in 2020!

Yolanda Holder

Power walker, 2x Guinness World Record holder & Completing the Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race!

Jasmin Paris

British ultra runner who won the 268-mile Spine Race and first woman to win the race outright!

Jen Benson

Adventuring with her partner and two young children, living in a tent for 18 months while exploring Britain’s National Parks.

Stephanie Case

UN human rights lawyer in Afghanistan, Ultrarunner - Tor des Géants, Western States 100, Barkley Marathon, & founder of Free to Run.

Abbi Naylor

Expedition Leader. Outdoor Instructor. Adventurer & Endurance Athlete who completed 30 challenges to celebrate turning 30 in 2018!

Jen Scotney

36, Vegan, Ultra-runner who works as a Human Rights Lawyer.

Mirna Valerio

“The Mirnavator” - Ultra Marathon Runner & National Geographic 2018 Adventurer of the Year!

Anna-Marie Watson

Performance coach & founder Reach for More. Endurance athlete recovering #UTMB2017 #HMDS2017.

Beth French

Ocean Swimmer, Inspirational Speaker. Recovering from ME- and bringing up her son.

Shu Pillinger

1st British woman to complete RAAM Solo in 2015 after broken clavicle in 2014.

Frances Taylor

Running, building self confidence, and quitting her job to cycle 3,000 miles around New Zealand!

Audrey McIntosh

Turned 50 and took on the Antarctic Ice Marathon and Antarctic 100k and was the 1st Scot to complete both races together finishing 1st woman in the 100k!

Amelia Boone

Full-time attorney, 3X World’s Toughest Mudder Champion & Spartan Race World Champion!!

Jill Homer

Ultra Endurance Cyclist & Runner - Talking about the Iditarod Trail & the Tour Divide!

Ellie Greenwood

British Ultra Runner, who is a 2x 100km World Champion and 1st British women to win the Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

Elisabet Barnes

Ultra Runner, Coach & Marathon des Sables 2015 Winner

Nat Taylor

British Army Dr, Adventure runner & training for the Ex Ice Maiden Challenge!

Claire Smith

Ultra endurance athlete - Only person in the UK to have finished a continuous Double Deca (20x Ironman). Training for the Arch To Arc Triathlon (Sept 2022).

Mariam Kilpatrick

Ultra-runner and Women’s Health Physiotherapist running the West Highland Way (96 miles) in 24hrs!

Annie Voigt

Running 1,000km solo from the lowest to highest point of Germany, after having started running only six months prior.

Verna Volker

From the Navajo Nation, Non-runner to Ultra Runner in 12 years. Founder of Native Women Running and Hoka Global Ambassador.

Sufiya

Ultra Runner, Fastest female to Run from Kashmir to Kanyakumari (4,000 km in 87 days) and the Indian Golden Quadrilateral Road (6000 km in 110 days, 23 hours).

Dr. Katharine Ganly

Antarctic Doctor 2019-2021 (South Georgia, Bird Island and RRS James Clark Ross).

Brooke Thomas

Running with a heart condition. The Nurse who broke the women’s record for completing the Te Araroa Trail, NZ (3,000km) in 57 days!

Sue Barrett

First ‘Adventure Queen’ Grant Winner - A mother and daughter human powered mountain adventure of 1,300 miles, through 8 countries along the spine of the Alps.

Alison Walker

UK-based Malaysian ultra-runner completing the Smog Graham Round running over 300-kilometres in 54 hours and 33 minutes

Dr. Betty Holston Smith

79 years young, running 60 to 100 miles per week, sharing her knowledge about running, health and fitness.

Ailsa MacDonald

Ultra Runner and Distance Triathlete, Canadian National Champion for 100 miles & Ironman Canada 2018 winner.

Elisabet Barnes

Queen of the Desert Ultra, 2x winner of Marathon des Sables (2015/2017) - looking to transition out of competitive running.

Catherine Wallis

Plus-size adventurer, working mum, doing ultra challenges around the world!

Chris Fagan

Her Extraordinary Quest to the South Pole!

Melissa Urie

First women to complete UberMan. Ultra-Triathlon - A 21-mile swim, 400-mile bike ride followed by a 135 mile run through Death Valley!

Sharon Gayter

Fastest woman to travel by foot between John O'Groats and Land's End. 822 miles in 12 days, 11 hours, 6 minutes, and 7 seconds.

Ali Young

Team GB 24hr racing, chasing a 3hr PB in the marathon & racing in the legendary Spartathlon ultra race.

Melissa Urie

Mental health nurse completing Ultra-man Hawaii and in training for UBERMAN in October 2019.

Allie Bailey

Has run over 60 races, from half marathons to 100 mile ultras & in January she became the 1st women to run across a 100 mile wide froze lake in Mongolia!

Nikki Barnard

Ultra runner, recovered from stress fractures and looking at doing the Bob Graham Round this year, in training for Marathon des Sables in 2019!

Fiona Oakes

The vegan 'Queen of the Extreme’ - A British marathon runner, who holds three world records for marathon running!

Mina Holder

36 year old Primary School teacher who has run the full length of New Zealand & Great Britain!

Melissa Urie

2nd Women to ever finish the EPIC 5 - 5 Ironman in 5 days across 5 different islands in Hawaii!

Laura Gush

Running The Ironman and Marathon Des Sables with No Background in Sports, Qualified Dr and PT

Margaret Schlachter

The first professional female obstacle course racer & founder of Dirt in Your Skirt!

Stephanie Case

Ultra runner, human rights lawyer, and founder of Free to Run

Alison North

Started running in her sixties and went from running 8km to doing her first 100km race!

Lowri Morgan

Ultra endurance marathon runner! We talk about the Jungle Ultra Marathon and the 6633 Ultra held in the Arctic.

Nikki Kimball

Dealing with depression & being one of the elite ultra runners in America

Susie Chan

Endurance Runner & Blogger