In this fourteenth episode of the season of the Her Spirit podcast BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin and BBC Triathlon presenter Annie Emmerson talk to adventurer, motivational speaker, influencer and author Anna McNuff.
Anna, a British born adventurer, motivational speaker, influencer and author. She was recently named by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the 50 most influential travellers of our time, and by the the Guardian as one of the top modern female adventurers . She is also proud to be the UK Ambassador for Girl Guiding, and the co-founder of Adventure Queens; the UK’s fastest growing women’s adventure community.
She is best known for her recent attempt to run the distance of 100 marathons through Great Britain, in her bare feet.
The daughter of two Olympian’s she grew up in a family where the pursuit of physical and mental excellence was encouraged. Seeing the respect and admiration that her parents received led her to me harbouring ambitions from an early age to be an Olympian myself.
As a middle sibling sandwiched between two brothers, she could often be found down the local BMX track, up to her armpits in mud or playing football in the local boys’ team. Growing up, she simply did what the boys did because it’s all I knew. By aged 16 she had moved on from football, and taken up the sport of rowing, where she went on to represent Great Britain. During her time in the Great Britain squad, she became a World Champion at the University Games in 2006, and won a Bronze medal at the 2007 European Championships.
Dogged by injury in her twenties, she made the difficult decision to retire from the sport and to let go of my Olympic dream. She then embarked on a new life as an adventurer – darting around the world on the hunt for new and exciting endurance challenges.
She talks to Annie and Louise about her passion for cycling and adventures such as cycling the Andes. We love her saying "Just give it a bash" and her attitude for life.
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