Sue Barrett
  • OS Champion

Sue Barrett

Meet Sue Barrett – Trail runner, cyclist, hiker, Adventure Queen, Teacher turned Tour Guide.

What drives you to spend time outside?

I get outside to enjoy the natural world, to keep physically active in the fresh air, to challenge myself, and to explore and learn.

Where are your favourite places to go?

Favourite places are coasts, forests and mountains. In particular the New Forest, the Purbecks, the South West Coastal Path, Dartmoor and Snowdonia.

What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?

Trail running, cycling and hiking are all my favourites. Along with stopping and staring at the natural beauty of the landscapes. And making a cup of tea with my JetBoil stove.

Who inspires you and how?

I’m mainly inspired by people who challenge themselves, those who explore and make discoveries, and people who help others. For example, stories by Josie Dew, Dervla Murphy, Rosie Swale Pope and Anna McNuff have inspired adventure. Jamie McDonald for altruism.

What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?

To support the Adventure Queens Community group in encouraging and enabling more women to get outside.To volunteer at PedAll New Forest which helps those with barriers to get out and cycle on adapted bikes. To volunteer at Park Run which is so good at encouraging runners, particularly beginners.

What are your 3 biggest life achievements?

Having a positive impact on the learning journeys of children, colleagues, and trainee teachers throughout a career of over 30 years in Primary Education. Learning how to be a good parent and supporting my two daughters as they grow, develop and take their place in this world. Challenging myself by cycling, hiking and running 1300 miles from Trieste to Monaco through all 8 Alpine countries.

3 words you live by…

Kindness, Hope and Gratitude.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Cadbury’s Mini Eggs.