They’ve been rowing oceans, climbing seemingly impossible walls, smashing fastest known times and winning world titles. Here are just a few of the women who are doing great things within the UK outdoor and fitness community right now.
Last year, Elise ran around the whole of mainland Britain, a self-supported journey of 5000 miles (200 marathons!) that took 301 days to complete.”Great Britain is a magical place and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed getting better acquainted with it, and getting a little sweaty and a little muddy in the process,” she said after finishing her unbelievable journey.
Follow Elise: @elisecdowning
Anna is an ultramarathon runner who’s tackled some of the world’s toughest races, including the World Mountain Running Championships, the Mont Blanc 80k and The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 (which she won!) One of her most recent successes was Gold in the Hardrock 100 miler, which she completed in just 29 hours.
Follow Anna: @annafrosty
Shauna, a bouldering World Champion, can take credit for spurring on the huge interest and participation in the sport in recent years. She’s only 24 but has already become the first British female to climb the V12, V13 and V14 grades. In 2016 she was recognised by the Queen with an MBE for ‘services to climbing”.
Follow Shauna: @shaunacoxsey
This instagrammer seems to spend her whole time outdoors practising various different techniques in bushcraft. And she provides some stunning photography. Follow her and you’ll be sure to pick up something useful to try out next time you find yourself in a nice bit of woodland isolation.
Manon, from Caerphilly, is a downhill mountain biker who, despite only being 23, has already managed to claim two world titles in the sport.
Follow Manon: @manoncarpenter
Anna has thrown herself into all kinds of adventures throughout the world – including a an end-to-end run of NZ. She’s currently cycling across the Andes and is sharing her encounters as she goes.
Follow Anna: @annamcnuff
Adventurer Sarah Outen, MBE, took on the planet by bike and boat travelling 25,000 over the course of four and a half years experiencing heartache and elation on the way. You’ll be able to read about an interesting aspect of Sarah’s trip in the March/April 2017 issue of Outdoor Fitness and Adventure: how she fueled it. Order the issue online here and get it delivered to your door (for no extra cost).
Follow Sarah: twitter.com/sarahouten
Lead image: The cover photo for Sarah’s book Dare to Do: Taking on the Planet by Bike and Boat. Credit: Nigel Millard