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1st person to complete 7 competitive marathons on the 7 continents in under 7 days
Doug Wilson is an inspirational Australian Kundalini yoga teacher, ultra and trail runner & health advocate. Having survived a life-threatening brain tumour, he is on a mission to share his story to inspire others to live a life of health, gratitude and plant-based eating.
A small selection from Doug's many running achievements...
Outdoor journalist and GB ultra-trail runner Damian Hall has finished on the podium at the Spine Race, the Dragon’s Back Race (fifth overall) and the 2016 UK Ultra Trail Championships. Last year the Inov-8 ambassador set a Fastest Known Time for the 630-mile South West Coast Path of 10 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes. He's also completed UTMB twice, finishing 31st and 19th and will return this year.
British adventurer Aleks Kashefi embraced running in 2012 and after just 3 years of running completed the classic length of Britain adventure, running 1162 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats barefoot in 38 days. A year later his start line was the most northern point of mainland Europe in Norway, and after 6 months of running through the winter, he became the first person to run the full length of Europe. Aleks's epic run ended 6189km later at the southern tip of Spain.
Now, despite an irrational fear of open water, Aleks is preparing for #ProjectBigSwim, the first self supported swim that circumnavigates mainland UK.
Mancunian writer, endurance runner and co-founder of female community WMN RUN. Fond of Mother Nature, equality, dry humour & peanut butter.
Danny is an award winning author, celebrated journalist, and online contributor for the Huffington Post. He was voted by the City of London to be one of the 50 most inspirational people in London, and the 100 happiest people in the UK according to the Independent on Sunday. He cycled 9,000 miles from London to India, continued his adventure in America where he raised $550,000 for the people affected by the Boston Marathon bombings by organising a coast to coast relay in the USA. He came back to London and founded Project Awesome in 2014 – a super loud and colourful FREE workout in London bringing hundreds together each morning and keeping London fit whilst finding the cracks of rainbow within predominant greyness of London.
Greg Drach is a runner, mountaineer, technologist and co-founder of the urban running crew phenomenon Midnight Runners. He’s raced in several city marathons across Europe, as well as trail races of varying distances from 21km to 100km; including the OMM, Race to the Stones, and Ultravasan. Greg lives by ethos “the more you give to the world, the more you get back”, and his passion and leadership at Midnight Runners has made running in London more fun and more social whilst inspiring 1000s of Londoners to get into running!
Belinda has walked across Nicaragua, searched for camels in China's Desert of Death, discovered ancient rock paintings in Lesotho, pioneered inclusive expeditions for people with disabilities, lead a dozen youth development expeditions around the world and gained a Guinness World Record for rowing unsupported around Britain. An expert expedition leader, Belinda has managed remote trips for, amongst others, outdoor survival gurus Ray Mears and Bear Grylls. But her real passion is to help others live more adventurously, for the last 8 years she has been running a movement she calls "the adventure revolution" through her non-profits Explorers Connect, Wild Night Out, Base Camp Festival. In that time she's helped tens of thousands of people live more adventurously and raised tens of thousands for charities that help kids get outside. Pitch up and be inspired for your next challenge.
Founder of Wild Trail Runners, a community of runners embracing the wild nature and freedom of trail and ultra running. A lover of anything steep, further than a marathon and travelling the globe to seek new trail adventures. Maggie has ran Volcanos in La Palma, 100 miles in the Arizona Desert and is currently in training for an Iron Man. She is a Running Lead and also a pacer for Nike Run Club in London.
Nick is inspired by showing people their ability to make the world a better place. From a career in finance to creating the first ever Uganda Marathon he has now taken the concept of running to change the world to a whole new level. The Impact Marathon Series is now live in four new countries, taking on 13 Global Goals in just its first year of existence. Nick is the energetic leader of the dream and revels in making a vision into a reality - bringing people together through the power of running.
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Olivia is a former junior international track athlete and US university heptathlon scholarship student. She switched to longer distances and triathlon in 2014 and now races for the GB age group team. She is a qualified Personal Trainer and Run Leader, and a Captain of adidas Runners London. Much of her time is focussed on leading women-specific and beginner run sessions, both with adidas, and independently. When not running, swimming or cycling, she works at the London School of Topical Medicine on infectious disease research project management.
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Matt is an experienced ultra runner, adventure seeker, coach, and running guide. Matt owns Running Adventures, who offer all things running, from coaching packages to inspiration talks. Matt has completed multiple ultras around the world, notably the Marathon Des Sables and the Wild Elephant Trail race in Sri Lanka. This year, Matt is taking on the infamous Berghaus Dragon's Back Race in Wales.
Charles competes at an elite level on the Mountain Marathon Circuit, having won the Highlander MM 2011 Score Class, and competed various long distance mountain challenges like the Bob Graham & the Lakeland Classic Rock Challenge. He has also completed a successful Dragons Back Race in September 2012, coming 12th. He has also been the course planner for Ourea Events over the last 4 years, planning the Marmot Dark Mountains (2013, 2015 and 2016), Great Lakeland 3 Day Challenge (2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015), Berghaus Trail Chase (2014 & 2015), Rab Mountain Marathon (2014), Marmot 24 (2014). He has also been the planner and race director of the Keswick Mountain Festival Trail Races since 2014. Most recently he has designed, created and is the race director for the epic Lakes Sky Ultra race.
In 2016, Peter Thompson ran an incredible 44 marathons in 44 European countries in 44 consecutive days - a marathon within every country in Europe. He completed this epic feat of endurance & adventure to raise support for mental health issues & to inspire others to challenge their limits. Starting in St Petersburg, Russia on 1st April 2017, Peter completed his 44th marathon 44 days later in Dublin, Ireland on 14th May 2017.
Hear Luke's incredibly rapid journey into the world of endurance sports, what he's learnt along the way, and how he managed to take on some of the world’s toughest races with no running experience...
Luke Tyburski is an endurance adventurer, motivational speaker, and health & wellness coach who draws on his own unique experiences, and ongoing battle with depression to inspire others to dream big, get out of their comfort zone, and live life!
His first ever running race was the Marathon des Sables, before he ran down Mt Everest, and then for his survival through a tropical Chinese forest without any food, water, money, and with a plane to catch… His latest adventure was a 2000km in 12 day Ultimate Triathlon from Morocco to Monaco, with a documentary being made about his cross-continental challenge. Trailer: The Ultimate Triathlon(https://vimeo.com/180228682)
After 12 years working in the City Jamie decided to change the direction in which he was heading to live a life of adventure and take on a truly inspirational journey. The 17,000km solo and unsupported run started in Canada and headed south through the USA, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and ended in Argentina. It took 367 running days to complete, averaging 46.5km a day. In the National Adventure Awards of 2016, Ramsay won the Scottish Adventurer of the Year. Right after the festival Jamie will take on a 250km Trans-Alpine run. Prepare to be inspired!
No one could ever have known how much The Uganda Marathon would change the Masaka community. In 2015, a small town that noone had heard of, fighting the tragic social impacts of HIV/AIDS, opened it's arms to a marathon that brought people from all over the world to race alongside them. 3 years later, everywhere you look, you'll see the legacy of The Uganda Marathon, from the running club, the children, the shop and the people. Find out how Masaka welcomed running and will never be the same again!
Henry Blanchard is the co-founder and race director for the Uganda International Marathon. In 2014, Henry left his job as a London auditor to pursue a dream that combined his three passions - travel, charity and running! 3 years later, the Uganda Marathon has raised over £400,000 for projects in Masaka and seen nearly 10,000 runners from all parts of the world come together for one of the most difficult marathon courses in the world.
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