Bike exploring: Help for Heroes
OS GetOutside Champion, Helen Pollard, takes us on a great Mountain Bike (MTB) route used as part of the delivery of MTB leadership training to Phoenix House staff in collaboration with Cycling UK.
Meet Alex Staniforth - Endurance adventurer, obsessed runner, motivational speaker, author and Charity Director.
What drives you to spend time outside?
A commitment to live meaningfully with passion, purpose and the freedom to challenge myself.
Where are your favourite places to go?
I love the Lake District enough that I moved to Kendal last year! I’m happy in any natural space, but anywhere quiet and green will do. My favourite spot in the Lake District is probably Buttermere or the Kentmere Horseshoe at sunrise.
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
Running solo in the mountains and fells – especially in the Lake District. I love the speed, simplicity, and freedom to go far in a short time. Watching sunrise on a summit is magical.
Who inspires you and how?
Anyone who continues to enjoy the outdoors despite personal challenges or barriers they may be facing, and the ordinary, unassuming people who achieve extraordinary feats of endurance. And plant the seed for others to question their own capabilities.
What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?
In June I’ll be attempting to break the National 3 Peaks Run record, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and running the entire 450 mile distance in hopefully 8 days. By sharing this and my daily training and adventures through social media (rain or shine – for an honest portrayal) I hope it will inspire others to challenge themselves and try something new. I also recently co-founded a new charity called Mind Over Mountains to improve mental wellbeing through therapeutic outdoor experiences in UK National Parks. Through the 3 Peaks I’ll be fundraising for Mind Over Mountains to fund these opportunities for as many people as possible.
What are your 3 biggest life achievements?
Climbing all 100 UK county tops by human power in the fastest ever time in 2017. Winning Pride of Britain Granada Reports Fundraiser of the Year Fundraising £35,000 to get on a Mount Everest expedition aged 18.
3 words you live by…
Relentless Forward Motion
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Nothing to feel guilty about – perhaps avoiding going out in the rain unless I absolutely have to!Click to see all 100 GetOutside Champions