Anna McNuff

Endurance athlete, adventurer and motivational speaker


You are an incredibly talented speaker – full of guts, energy, determination, stamina and vision. Without the use of any visual aids, you told your story with great humour. You placed us right in the heart of the action, and as a result encouraged each and every one of us to try new things and push ourselves more. Personally, as your shadow for the evening, it was great to see how well you interacted with everyone in the room – they adored you. We can’t wait to hear what you get up to next! 
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Named by the Guardian as “One of the most inspiring contemporary female adventurers”

Great Britain World Champion Rower, Anna McNuff, dogged by injury at aged 24, made the difficult decision to retire from the sport, and to let go of her Olympic dream.
She threw herself into a new life as a corporate marketeer, and began darting around the world on the hunt for new and exciting endurance adventure challenges.

Now a full time adventurer, The Guardian have named Anna McNuff as one of the top female adventurers of our time. She is also one of The Discovery Channel’s ‘Make Your World Bigger’ Champions, and has been named by the Lord Mayor as the City of London’s top 50 most inspiring people

Anna’s high energy talks are life lessons from the road, told with raw honesty, humour and passion. From sitting on an International Regatta start line in Great Britain colours, to finding herself deep in the New Zealand bush alone and injured, she has learnt a great deal about personal limits in the past 15 years.

In 2013 she cycled a beautiful Pink bicycle 11,000 miles through each and every state of the USA, from Alaska to Hawaii. Pedalling up to 130 miles a day for 6 months, solo and unsupported, she encountered blizzards, floods and temperatures as low at minus 15.
In January 2014, with no previous experience as a long distance runner, Anna embarked on a 2,000 mile run along New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. Travelling alone for 148 days, she moved through forests, along ridge-lines, over mountain passes, along beaches and across swollen rivers. Running up to 32 miles in a day, she carried all of her belongings in a backpack that was often as heavy at 20kgs. At night, she slept wild in her tent or in back country shelters. By June 2014 she had become the first person, male or female,
to run then length of the country entirely unsupported.

Through her speeches, Anna advocates a willingness to embrace the many obstacles that litter the road to success, and to view each one as an opportunity to learn and to grow.

Anna’s talks can cover:

• Confidence and self-belief
• Overcoming fear of failure
• The ability to ‘choose your attitude’
• The practicality of turning big dreams into reality
• Determination, resilience and perseverance
• The importance of perspective and a positive mindset
• Calculation of risk in high pressured environments