DISCOVER OUR 2023 TOUR SPEAKERS

Athletes, explorers, adventurers, filmmakers and more - these are some of the exciting speakers you'll get to hear from on our tour. More names coming soon...

RENEE MCGREGOR

Kendal - 16th FebruaryPenrith - 17th February

Leading sports dietitian Renee McGregor joins us on the tour to share her fascinating insights into the human body and nutrition. What we eat has a huge impact on our physical and mental health, and our performance in our chosen sport, whether we’re elite-level athletes or enthusiastic amateurs. Renee’s work touches on areas of sports nutrition in populations that are often overlooked, including women’s health and the menopause, healthy ageing, and the inclusion of individuals who don’t necessarily conform to the stereotype of an athlete, such as people living with chronic health conditions.

Monisha Rajesh

Oxford - 25th February

Monisha Rajesh, British journalist and travel writer, joins us on stage to share fascinating insights from her 45,000 mile adventure across the globe by train. We're delighted to welcome Monisha to the Tour to share tales from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet's Qinghai railway to silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and to celebrate the glory of train travel and a witty look at the world.

Sabrina Pace-Humphreys

Bristol - 26th February

Co-founder and trustee of community, campaigning group and charity, Black Trail Runners, Sabrina is a 42 year old mother of four and grandmother of two, a trail and mountain ultra running athlete, personal trainer and podcast host with a vision for a truly inclusive outdoors. Sabrina aims to break down the barriers to access the outdoors for people of colour. 

Ed Jackson

London - 2nd March

Former rugby star turned adaptive mountaineer. In 2017 Ed's life was turned upside down after a serious spinal cord injury put an end to his professional rugby career and left him completely paralysed. Against all odds Ed managed to battle his way back not only to his feet but now finds himself taking on challenges and climbing mountains all over the world. Through his charity Millimetres 2 Mountains and work with Berghaus designing and adapting kit for people with physical limitations, Ed’s aim is to inspire and enable others to take on their own adventures.

Darren Edwards

Brighton - 3rd MarchCanterbury - 16th June

Since sustaining a life-changing injury, Darren has completed some epic challenges - whether that be freediving to depths of over 30ft on one breath, or becoming the first disabled person to kayak from Land’s End to John O’ Groats – a distance of over 1,400-kilometres across some of Europe’s most challenging coastal waters. Now, Darren is embarking on his biggest challenge to date. He is about to set-off with the aim to become the first disabled person to complete the iconic World Marathon Challenge. That’s seven marathons across seven continents in just seven days.

Jamie Ramsay

Caernarfon - 9th MarchAberystwyth - 10th MarchChester - 18th March

Award-winning endurance adventure athlete and Cotswold Outdoor Ambassador Jamie Ramsay has completed over 43,000km of human-powered adventuring in 31 countries and 25 different adventures. He will be sharing tales from his Atlantic to Andes cycle touring adventure. The journey started in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and passed through Paraguay before entering Bolivia and cycling over the Andes to the Salar de Uyuni and on to La Paz, covering 3700km in 28 days.

Tim Howell

Banchory - March 23rdGlasgow - March 24th

Incredible alpinist and wingsuit BASE jumper Tim Howell joins us to talk about what it takes to be the first person to fly from Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America, and what it takes to mitigate the risks of high altitude flights. Tim was a Royal Marine commando and a member of the elite Mountain Leader Cadre. Leaving the military to pursue a full-time career in the mountains and pursue ambitions for adventurous big wall climbs and alpine ascents in remote parts of the world.

Rebecca Lowe

Winchester - 8th June

One woman, one bike and one richly entertaining, perception-altering journey of discovery! We're delighted to welcome Rebecca Lowe to the Tour to share her solo cycle adventure across the Middle East. In 2015, as the Syrian War raged and the refugee crisis reached its peak, she set off on her bicycle taking on an 11,000-kilometre route through Europe to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, the Gulf and finally to Iran. Driven by a desire to learn more about this troubled region and its relationship with the West. It was an odyssey through landscapes and history that captured her heart, but also a deeply challenging cycle across mountains, deserts and repressive police states that nearly defeated her.

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent

Cheltenham - 15th June

Hear from award-winning travel writer Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, who joins the tour to share tales of incredible journeys through remote regions. Her love of extreme travel has seen her trek across the Eastern Himalayas in search of Shangri-La, follow the remains of the Ho Chi Minh Trail on a tiny motorcycle and interview Naga rebel commanders high in the mountains of the Indo-Myanmar border. Her latest book, Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains was Shortlisted for the 2018 Stanford's Adventure Travel Book of the Year. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Royal Geographical Society's prestigious Neville Shulman Challenge Award.

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