Anna McNuff is an endurance athlete, adventurer, author and motivational speaker. Named by The Guardian as one of the top female adventurers of our time, Condé Nast Traveller included her in a list of the 50 most influential travellers in the world. She has recently been appointed as the UK ambassador for Girl Guiding, and is the co-founder of Adventure Queens; the UK’s fastest growing women’s adventure community.The daughter of two Olympians she was raised in a family where the pursuit of physical and mental excellence was encouraged. Through her teens she represented Surrey county in Athletics, Football, and Judo – before turning her hand to the sport of rowing, where she went on to represent Great Britain. During her time in the Great Britain squad, Anna became a World University Champion in 2006, and won a Bronze medal at the 2007 European Championships.
Always pushing herself to the limit, at age 23 Anna tore a hole in one of the muscles surrounding her lungs – a training related injury that brought about the difficult decision to retire from rowing, and to let go of her dream of becoming an Olympian herself.
In 2013 she cycled 11,000 miles through every state of the USA. 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 2015, 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, and 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 2015 she had become the first person, male or female, to run then length of the country entirely unsupported.
In October 2016, Anna began a journey to cycle along the spine of the largest mountain range in the world: The Andes. By the time she returned to the UK in April 2017 she had pedalled through some of South America’s most remote and inhospitable regions, and ascended over 100,000 metres on a bike ‘ more than 11 times the height of Everest.
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.
Her story offers a rare combination of experience as an elite athlete, part of a high-performing team and of solo, self-driven challenges. She 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. A firm believer of the ability to ‘choose your attitude’, she uses powerful real life examples to help organisations transform project road blocks into opportunities to move in new directions.
Above all, Anna has a genuine belief in the limitless potential of every individual. She helps audience members to understand and value their individual contribution to the team, and to find the confidence to push the boundaries of their capability.
“Anna gave a motivational and inspirational talk which was well received by our audience of students, parents, VIP guests and staff. We had some really good feedback on her presentation after the event too. She was very engaging and pitched well to the audience with lively delivery and good energy and pace. The combination of talking around the PowerPoint presentation as a good visual aid worked well. The little bit of audience interaction was good too! The synopsis we had on Anna and the links to previous work gave us a good indication of her suitability for our event. The brief she was given and the telephone call beforehand was helpful in conveying our audience mix and our aims for the evening. Anna was really warm and genuine with the students as she presented the awards and congratulated them.” Head of Marketing, Uxbridge College
“Anna was excellent, we really enjoyed her presentation which we found appealed to a wide audience of staff, students and parents.ﾠ Anna has a relaxed and humorous approach and her talk was just the right length.ﾠ Staff are talking about her book 'Pants of perspective' and some have even ordered a pair!ﾠ The audience enjoyed the talk and told us they felt 'inspired”. Headteacher, Manor House School
“Just to say a huge thank you for your talk yesterday. I have had multiple athletes and staff approach and thank me for arranging your visit. They all said how inspiring, motivating and positive you are, and how useful they found the talk for their own journey on the road to the Olympics.ﾠ You made a huge impact in such a short space of time!”ﾠ English Institute of Sport and the GB Archery Team
“It really felt like we experienced the journey with Anna. Her passion for pursuing a life beyond the norm, and her drive to encourage others to do the same shone through from start to finish. She delivered a truly memorable presentation and I would welcome her back to speak at future events in a heartbeat.”ﾠﾠ Cancer Research UK
'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 all of the club members – they adoredﾠ you. We can't wait to hear what you get up to next!'ﾝﾠ Barclays
“All of those in the room at the Gold Award Presentation raved about you! Having you as a presenter really made all the difference, and made the day extra special. We can't thank you enough.”ﾠ Duke of Edinburgh presentation, St James' Palace
'In the same way Jamie Oliver has a kind of innate and interminable positivity that makes cooking and food seem like the best thing ever, adventurer Anna McNuff manages to do that about life.'ﾝﾠ The Stylist
“To be on stage in front of 700 people is one thing. To hold court, field questions from the crowd and conduct fascinating and insightful interviews with fellow adventurers is entirely another. Congratulations on hosting the best female adventure panel I've had the pleasure to watch. More time next year please – 30 minutes is not enough!”ﾠ The Adventure Travel Show, Olympia, London
“I laughed, I cried, and I left ready to take on the world.”ﾠ Deloitte, Auckland
“I don't think I've ever met a lady with more get up and go in my entire life! What an absolute pleasure to work with, from start to finish.”ﾠ The Telegraph Outdoors Show, London
“We were all thoroughly inspired by your after dinner talk – it was exactly what the team needed after a long day at the conference. You are living proof that if you have the determination you can achieve anything you want to.”ﾠ Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
“You truly are a breed apart, Anna. Thank you for bringing your sunshine to a cold and grey afternoon in Sydney'ﾝﾠ GPJ marketing, Sydney
“You and your 'pants of perspective' absolutely stole the show tonight. What a performance!”ﾠ Hope and Homes for Children
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