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The Tough Girl Podcast is all about inspiring and motivating YOU!

I will be interviewing inspirational women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations, they will share their story, their knowledge and provide advice and essential tips for you to overcome your own personal challenges.

Tough Girl Podcast Sarah Williams

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 266 Ratings

The Tough Girl Podcast is all about inspiring and motivating YOU!

I will be interviewing inspirational women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations, they will share their story, their knowledge and provide advice and essential tips for you to overcome your own personal challenges.

    Anja Madhvani - Completing her first ultra the Marathon Des Sables with undiagnosed Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Now fully recovered she is training for the London Marathon in 2022.

    Anja Madhvani - Completing her first ultra the Marathon Des Sables with undiagnosed Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Now fully recovered she is training for the London Marathon in 2022.

    Anja Madhvani is a writer and drinks industry worker with a passion for adventure.

    Anja studied classical piano performance at The University Of Huddersfield, and has gone on to perform as a violinist and singer with a number of post-rock bands, most notably Her Name Is Calla. 

    In 2018 Anja completed her first ultra, the Marathon Des Sables, with undiagnosed Pulmonary Tuberculosis. She is now back to running and also enjoying the challenge of pole dancing.

    • 43 min
    Biola Babawale - Chairperson and ride leader for Velociposse Club. A cycling club for all women, all trans, and all non-binary people in London.

    Biola Babawale - Chairperson and ride leader for Velociposse Club. A cycling club for all women, all trans, and all non-binary people in London.

    Having only started cycling in 2018, Biola immersed herself in the community, showing great enthusiasm for her own progression and that of other women too. 

    She is the chair of Velociposse, a club for women and non-binary people in London. 

    Biola is relentless in her energy to push the club forward and increase diversity, collaborating with the Women of Colour Cycling Collective.

    • 49 min
    Rosemary J. Brown - Working to get female adventurers back on the map. Author: Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World.

    Rosemary J. Brown - Working to get female adventurers back on the map. Author: Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World.

    Rosemary in her own words:

    “Crusading journalist Nellie Bly jumped off the page at me. She appeared as I was researching Victorian women adventurers… and she wouldn’t go away.  The more I got to know her, the more I was intrigued by this spirited woman who wouldn’t take no for an answer despite living in a world where women ‘knew their place.’

    Nellie knew her place alright, smack dab on the front page of the world’s newspapers.

    • 51 min
    Jessie Stevens - Youth Climate Activist, Cycled 570 miles from Devon to Glasgow for COP26 #ride2COP26

    Jessie Stevens - Youth Climate Activist, Cycled 570 miles from Devon to Glasgow for COP26 #ride2COP26

    We first spoke with Jessie on October 19th 2021 where she shared more about her cycle challenge of riding 570 miles to Glasgow for COP26. During this episode we catch up with Jessie to find out about her journey, the challenges faced and overcome, what it was like arriving in Glasgow and her thoughts on COP26 as well as her plans for the future.

    • 38 min
    Adelle Tracey - British middle distance runner. European Finalist & World Semi-finalist. Professional Hair and Makeup artist.

    Adelle Tracey - British middle distance runner. European Finalist & World Semi-finalist. Professional Hair and Makeup artist.

    Adelle is a British middle distance track athlete, who has competed for Great Britain over 800m on a number of occasions. Adelle has gone on to compete for Great Britain at a senior level competing at two European Athletics Championships in 2016 and 2018, at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in 2016, World Athletics Championships in 2017, World University Games in 2017, the Commonwealth Games for team England in Gold Coast 2018 and at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in 2019.

    • 36 min
    Steph Cooke - A mature plodder's forays in trekking and ultra racing. Marathon des Sables and going on - A Pennine Journey.

    Steph Cooke - A mature plodder's forays in trekking and ultra racing. Marathon des Sables and going on - A Pennine Journey.

    “Being a very shy and uncoordinated child I used to avoid anything active until a family holiday to the Lake District ignited a passion for walking and the outdoors. 

    I love to get outside and active and to push my body to see just what it’s capable of. 

    The excitement of tackling a long-distance trail appeals to me, but I also enjoy discovering the adventure my local area has to offer. I find joy in immersing myself in nature- wherever you are you can find great beauty.” - Steph Cooke

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
266 Ratings

266 Ratings

zstanek ,

love this!

amazing!

LiftsHikesandLeaves ,

Should be compulsory listening for all young girls!

I started listening to this podcast in early lockdown 1.0 as a way to live vicariously through other people’s adventures, it’s now my absolute favourite and I never miss an episode, now working my way through the back catalogue! The guests are incredible, varied, fascinating and inspiring. I have learnt so much from them. Sarah has a lovely interview style, she’s always genuinely excited and interested in her guests, and keeps the podcast relaxed and informal.

I was a wee bit ‘outdoorsy’ when I first started listening but thanks to this podcast I have found confidence and inspiration to start cycling and solo hiking. A year later, I am planning my first bikepacking trip, have been on a solo multi day hike/wild camp and am training for my first ultramarathon. My adventure bucket list is now several pages long.

I wish I had heard this podcast earlier, I wish I had had role models like Sarah and her guests as a teenager. I feel like I’ve really found my real self and my people through listening to this podcast. Thank you so much, please don’t stop!

jane the canuck ,

So inspiring

I love this podcast- it’s so inspiring to hear normal women tell their extraordinary stories and adventures!

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