Tough Girl Podcast

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. Please check out the Tough Girl Challenges website - and follow on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL
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Mar 8, 2016

Jenny Tinmouth is the first female rider in the British Superbike Championship and is the only female rider to be racing!

Jenny is 100% passionate about what she does, you can hear the passion in her voice as she talks about racing and how much fun she has on the track. Jenny enjoys the adrenaline, going fast and competing with the best.

Jenny is down to earth, humble and it was fantastic to get to speak to her in more detail about her career and how she's got to where she is!

During this podcast we also discuss the following :-

  • What it was like growing up, and learning what & who influenced her love of motorsports
  • Leaving school at 18 and trying to decide what to do next
  • Getting her motorcycle license the 2nd time round!
  • Working in a local dealership and why she thought they wouldn’t take her on because she was a girl!
  • Getting her start in racing and how her journey progressed and the steep learning curve she needed to conquer
  • Her ambition and the reasons she kept it quiet
  • Sexism in motorsports?
  • Having to raise her game and knowing what she needed to do to take her riding to the next level
  • The skills needed to be a good rider
  • Crashing! Broken bones! Bouncing down the road at 100 mph!
  • The IOM TT 2009 Race where she became the fastest female ever, gaining her first Guinness World Record
  • How she prepared for the IOM TT and what makes it such a special race
  • Dealing with nerves before the race and how she handles them
  • Why the “easy laps” are the fastest laps!
  • The habits she follows before a race
  • Jenny discussing her most challenging season yet and why she almost gave up on her dream. 
  • The challenge of getting sponsorship and why she struggles when asking for money
  • How a change in the scoring lost her, The British Super Sport Cup Championship and she ended up coming 3rd
  • Advice for girls who want to get involved in motorcycle racing and why you should just - GO FOR IT!!!
  • Starting & running her own racing team - Two Wheel Racing
  • How she became a Honda Rider!
  • What she gets up to during the off season
  • Why fitness become more and more important as the bikes get bigger and faster
  • The goals for the 2016 season

Jenny has her own website, she’s also on twitterFacebook and Instagram

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Mar 1, 2016

Tough Girl - Jade Paveley a professional sports car driver for Mazda Motors UK & competing independently in the Motorsport New MSV Championship for 2015/16.

Jade introduces herself and shares more about how she got her start in racing!

We also discuss:

  • How her Dad pushed her from a young age to try new things and purposefully put her in situations to challenge her!
  • Racing karts at 15 years old and how she found it at that age. 
  • Moving from karts to race cars when she was 17.
  • The differences between racing verses driving on the roads!
  • Why self belief is so important not just for racing but life in general - and how you just have to get on with it.
  • Explaining the difference between racing and rallying.
  • Are women bad drivers?!
  • The experience of racing, the highs, the lows, the crashes, the adrenaline and the danger!
  • Top tips for getting over her nerves before the start of races. 
  • Working closely with her navigator, Sarah while rallying and why team work and communication are so important!
  • Why its important to look to where you want to go!
  • Describing how endurance races work and what some of the tactics are!
  • Why fitness is so important, the training she does to keep her in the best physical condition and how that helps her concentration and focus.
  • Understanding how formula one works and why there are no female racers.
  • Sponsorship for women in the motorsport industry - and why being a female in a male dominated sport has helped her.
  • Top tips for driving & why following the speed limits on the roads are important!
  • Jade’s career highlights so far, and her goals for the future.

You can follow Jade on Twitter @JadePaveley and like her Facebook page Jade Paveley Racing. I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

The Tough Girl Blog has reached the finals of the UK Blog Awards 2016! Check out the blog to learn more about the inspirational women on the Tough Girl Podcast. You can also be kept unto date with my training for the toughest footrace on earth - The Marathon des Sables, which I’ll be running in April 2016!

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Feb 23, 2016

During this podcast we also discuss how she was the first person to bum board from over 8,000 metres, a title she gained on Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world. Squash has also summited Aconcagua, Mustagata and Mount Everest.

Squash is a fantastic speaker and very passionate about sharing her stories and adventures. One of the many things you’ll learn on this podcast is how by having the right attitude every one of us can achieve incredible things.

We also discuss:

  • How it all started for Squash, and making the decision when she was younger to try as many life experiences as possible.
  • Her first big mountain attempt in South America - Aconcagua. Learning as she climbed and how she started to challenge herself both physically and mentally
“Whats to lose? What's the worst that can happen? Am I prepared to live the rest of my life this way?”
  • Being open to opportunities and being ready to take advantage of them
  • The challenges she faced while climbing Mustagata, from dealing with death on the mountain, to horrendous weather conditions and deciding when to turn back
  • Advice for dealing with emotionally challenging situations and how deciding to go after your dreams can be hard
  • How she deals with failure and why she says it’s not important and why its, your decision on how to look at failure
  • Her adventure on Cho Oyu - the 6th highest mountain in the world
  • Learning how to paraglide
  • How by sheer determination she rode a motorbike from the UK to the foot of Mount Blanc, before summiting  and then flying from the top!
“Fear can focus you”
  • Remaining calm while falling off the mountain and what she learnt from that experience
  • How the challenge of climbing Mount Everest came about, and how she dealt with the negativity from friends when she told them about it
  • Finding her own pace on the mountain and how she used her time alone to think about the challenge ahead and to prepare herself.
  • How she found a deeper level of mental and emotional strength, when she had nothing left to give which helped to get her off the mountain safe
  • Tips & advice to help you achieve your goals - “If your knickers are right, your day goes right!”


Learn more about Squash by visiting her website  - Come and say hello to Squash on twitter @SquashFalconer . I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

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The Tough Girl Blog has reached the finals of the UK Blog Awards 2016! Check out the blog to learn more about the inspirational women on the Tough Girl Podcast and be kept unto date with my training for the toughest footrace on earth - The Marathon des Sables, which I’ll be running in April 2016!

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Feb 16, 2016

Helene is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and she has an incredible story to share. 

She’s always asking herself what more can she do, to inspire and motivate nurses to become better ambassadors for health and fitness.

During this podcast we discuss:

  • After surviving cancer, numerous brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, at age 50 she wrote her first book - Nurses In Shape. To promote the book, she decided to take it on the road.
  • In 2010 - She become a transcontinental runner and decided to run across the southern states of America. It took her just 93 days to cover the 2,520 miles from Ocean Beach, California to Atlantic Beach, Florida.
  • She was the first person to run this route during the summer. Averaging about 25 to 30 miles each and every day. 
  • Helene provides advice about how she got through the tough days when she was out running on the highways alone and why it was important for her to get into the zone.
  • Her inspiration to keep on going and to keep others going.
  • How she coped with the heat, tips for running in extreme weather and what a typical day was like for her.
  • Continuing her journey around the continental United States and dealing with her own personal challenge from the loss of her bother, to being diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma.
  • Why she has to just, “keep on going” and why you can always be an example to someone else.
  • What she learned from body building about nutrition and how its helped her to become a better runner. 
  • Her top 3 health tips! 

Helene is out there on the forefront of promoting health and is inspiring others to make a change to their lives. One mile, one state and one person at a time. Her motto is to INSPIRE, MOTIVATE & CHALLENGE.

Visit for more information! Enjoy xx

Feb 9, 2016

Arita is an explorer of the physical and mental world; she’s spent decades following her passion for the desert, as well as visiting the remotest and most inhospitable places on the planet. She’s ventured into the unknown not knowing how things will turn out. 

This episode will get you to think more deeply about who are you and what you want to achieve in life. Arita will explain, why it’s so important for you to take the time to think about it.

We also cover off the following:

  • Her passion for the desert and how she made it a reality after her studies 
  • Heading over to Egypt to explore deserts with only her camel, a compass and a simple old map
  • The challenges she faces; and how she survived being alone 
  • We discuss identity and the importance of knowing who you are - and how the desert taught her, about herself.
  • Overcoming fear and heightened emotions. With tips for you to overcome your own personal fears and how you too can find your own inner strength
  • What she learnt about herself while travelling in the desert, and how she dealt with her own internal demons
  • Why she fell out of love with the desert and needed a new challenge, a new obsession
  • Heading to Siberia and looking for the legend of “Shambhala" - Paradise in the Altai mountains
  • After seven years of searching Arita found her answer, she also explains how she had to leave her rational mind behind to do it.

A truly unique women, who’s prepared to push herself to the absolute limits, to be judgement free and open to the journey, that is life. Arita is also the author of numerous books which you can buy on amazon or through her website, where she also shares more about her life and experiences.

Say hi on twitter @aritabaaijens

Come and say hello to me on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

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Feb 2, 2016

Learn more about Jo and how she changed her life to became a mountaineer and expedition leader. 

During this podcast we get to experience Jo’s adventures around the world. From cycling in Peru, to climbing Kilimanjaro, Manaslu & Everest. 

Jo shares with us, how one challenge eleven years ago changed her life, she also shares how she overcame her fear of heights and switching her thinking, from negative to positive thoughts. Jo provides advice and tips to help you overcome your own personal fears. 

We also discuss;

  • What it’s like being at altitude and what altitude sickness is and how it impacts the body
  • Explaining more about Kilimanjaro and what makes it’s such a challenge, and why its so phenomenal. We discuss the routes, and why you can never tell who'll make it and who won’t
  • Why having the right attitude is so important for everything you do
  • Top tips for climbing Kilimanjaro and why fitness is so important!
  • What it’s like walking to Everest Base Camp and the atmosphere when you get there
  • The dangers of Everest and why it’s a scary challenge. What it was like being on Everest while the earthquake struck in 2015, dealing with the destruction, death and how she thought it was all over.
  • How’s she training for Everest this year and why she’s more relaxed about it 
  • Sharing her experience of being one the few British Women to reach the true summit of Manaslu - the worlds 8th highest mountain.
  • Learning about ice fields and why it’s one of the most dangerous part of climbing Everest.
  • Tips you can use and take away to help you face your fears, and how you can approach and overcome problems.

If you want to support Jo and her charity work - Check out - Place2Be  & Support4Sherpas

Learn more about Jo and the different challenges she’s done via her website.

You can follow Jo on twitter @29029feet I'm also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL.

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Jan 26, 2016

In today’s podcast we catch up with Susie Cheetham who’s a professional triathlete and came 6th at the Iron Man World Championships in 2015. 

Susie provides advice, top tips and tactics for all aspects of the race from the the swim, cycle, run and how to make the transitions work best for you. 

Susie shares her first experience of fitness  at a young age and how by deciding to join a running club, it's changed the whole direction of her life.

We also discuss the following:-

  • The importance of trying new sports and seeing what works for you. 
  • Getting back to basics - what’s involved in a Half Ironman and how her first experience went. 
  • Discussing some of the myths that surround an Ironman - from drinking coke on the run to it being boring! 
  • How to choose what advice to listen to and what advice to ignore.
  • Learning to take confidence in the decisions you make - for triathlons and for life.
  • The high points for Susie during an Ironman, as well as the low points and how she deals with them. From punctures on the side of the road to receiving a time penalty for dangerous riding.
  • How your mental attitude can change throughout the course and how having the right attitude can impact on your race.
  • Susie shares her tips on mental toughness preparation especially in the toughest races like Kona.  
  • How to cope when your mind takes you to dark place during the race. 
  • Advice, tactics and top tips for the open water swim for both experienced swimmers and novice swimmers. 
  • Pacing lines, overtaking and tactics for the cycle part of the race
  • How you can have the best transition for you!
  • Advice and tips for the run section and why being comfortable is so important for having your best race.
  • Learn more about the Iron Nun and why age is just a number! 

You can learn more about Susie by visiting her website, and she's also on Twitter @SusieCheetham 

Are you training for a triathlon? Want to learn more? Then listen to Helen Russell (World Champion Duathlete & Triathlete) and Gale Bernhardt (USA Olympic Triathlon Team & Olympic Cycling Coach) on the Tough Girl Podcast!

Come and say hello to me on twitter! @_TOUGH_GIRL

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Jan 19, 2016

Arry hated sports, hating being active and was completely turned off exercise from a young age. At school she came up with every excuse under the sun not to get active! 

But what changed? 

What led her to take up running and to eventually taking on the challenge of being the first person to run around the perimeter of Wales via the newly opened Coastal Path and Offas Dyke. 

What were her motivations and the reasons behind the challenge? 

During this podcast we learn more about Arry and how she's inspired others to get into sports and fitness. How’s she's battled grief, anxiety, depression and haters - people who still say she ‘doesn’t look like a runner’. 

Arry’s a remarkable women, who has a fantastic story to share.

During this podcast you’ll be inspired and motivated as well as picking up loads of top tips and advice about undertaking a challenge and getting outside of your comfort zone. 

What are you waiting for! It’s time to listen to Arry’s story. 

We also talk about the following:

  • What The Dragon Run 1027 is and how it came about
  • Why she was able to set up the challenge and able to do it even with the odds stacked against her. e.g. never having run more than 13 miles before and never running off road before!
  • Getting help and support from Elite Ultra Runners - Matt Calaghan, Phil Rosenstein, Dean Karnzes (Ultra Marathon Man)
  • The preparation and planning that went into the event and why she focused more on the mental side. She provides top tips for running as well as how to make the change from road running to trail running. 
  • How she approached the training and why getting up at 3 am to train became the norm. 
  • Getting to the start line and her feelings on that day, followed by her first psychological battle which happened on day 2 and how she handled it.
  • How she coped with injury on the way and why she wasn’t going to let it stop her.
  • Dealing with grief, and why she couldn’t put it off anymore and why day 15 still haunts her and how she learned to process her emotions in a different way or else she wasn’t going to be able to carry on.

This is one inspiring story and to learn more about the Dragon Run and to be kept unto date with Arry’s next challenge - Check out her blog!

You can say hi to Arry on twitter @dragonrun1027  and say hi to me @_TOUGH_GIRL. We're both on Facebook as well! Click the Dragon Run 1027 &  Tough Girl Challenges - to follow & support!

Arry's goal was to raise £25K for Velindre Cancer Centre and Gozo CCU Foundation. The fundraising continues! You can support by clicking HERE! 


Jan 12, 2016

Kathryn is an author of three books as well as producing and directing her debut documentary film: HALF THE ROAD: The passion, pitfalls & power of women’s professional cycling.

During this podcast we discuss a variety of different topics from the books she's written, why she’s so passionate about road cycling, as well as women’s equality in sports and her plans for the future. 

We also discuss the following:

  • Why she decided to take up the sport of triathlon before moving over into road cycling at the age of 31.
  • Landing her first professional contract for cycling at age 36.
  • How one assignment from ESPN changed the direction of her life forever. 
  • Attempting a variety of different Olympic Sports from modern pentathlon, open water swimming, to team handball.
  • We talk about racing on the road and the different tactics involved from the peloton - to what it is, how it works as well as tactics for mountain climbs
  • Her career highlight bringing parity to women’s professional road cycling, starting with getting women racing Le Tour Entier during the Tour de France.
  • Explaining why women are still not allowed to race in the Tour de France.
  • We discuss her powerful documentary film - Half the Road - Which is not just about cycling but also equality.
  • “Why we are all capable of change” and why we need to be the ones asking for and making that change.
  • The three books she’s written and how they represent her collective journey she's taken over the years.
  • What life is like as a pro racer and her plans for her 5th and final year. She gives an insight into her training and how she tailors it specifically to suit her and her age.
  • We discuss why rest and recovery are so important and why you're only as good as your rest. 
  • Why women continue to get better and better with age, especially for endurance events- and why age is just a number!
  • She shares with us her future goals and challenges for 2016 and why giving yourself permission to be happy and living in the moment is so important.



Learn more about  - Half the Road by visiting the website

Learn more about Kathryn -

Come and say hi on twitter!! 

 @KathrynBertine @halftheroad @_TOUGH_GIRL

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Jan 5, 2016

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2016!

I’m so excited to kick off the New Year with this awesome podcast episode which is bound to inspire and motivate you. 

Today we’ll be talking to Annie Ross from eXerK. She set out in 2015 to complete 52 challenges in 52 weeks in an attempt to encourage busy people in and around London (maybe even the world) to make time for the things they care about – whatever it may be.

Annie has a full time job working in banking, but she was sick and tired of the lack of exercise in her life. In December 2014 she decided to make a change and she started the eXerK project on the 1st January 2015. 

During this podcast we discuss:

  • What the eXerK project is and how it came about
  • Why she kept her plans flexible and wasn’t rigid in her planning
  • Why she felt empowered by this idea and her first challenge to kick of 2015!
  • The types of challenges she decided to do from physical challenges to exploring more of London
  • Why having balance in your life is so important and just being busy is not a sign of productivity
  • How she maintained her motivation during the year
  • The challenges that pushed her, physically, mentally and the one that got away
  • Her advice about staring off with challenges and why you should start small
  • Her “walk and talk” and why she loves getting outside 
  • Taking eXerK over to Europe and how she fitted challenges and adventure into long weekends
  • Her two final challenges and how she ended the year with a dance!
  • Her plans for 2016 and a few final words of wisdom that she shares about what she’s learned over the past 52 weeks
“Go on – set your goals, carve out time, be determined and just get on with it”

Other Links

Project Awesome -  is a FREE fitness movement in London that gets you out of bed and into shape.

Social Media

You can check out all of the challenges that Annie has completed in 2015 on her website  - you can also follow her on Twitter @exerkyourself 

I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL come and say hi! If you’ve enjoyed please take 2 mins to write a review on iTunes and share with your friends!

I’ll be back next Tuesday for another awesome - Tough Girl Podcast episode at 7 am UK Time!

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