In 2009 she became the second woman ever to complete the Namibia Ultra Marathon, and two weeks later she was back in her running shoes, taking part in the London Marathon for Leonard Cheshire Disability. She has climbed out of a moulin on an Alaskan glacier, beaten a world power boat champion and come in 6th place in the UK Women’s Downhill Skateboarding Championships. To say “she is game” is an understatement!
This year she completed her most extreme challenge to date - Kayaking 2,010 miles down the Amazon in support of Sport Relief. Along the way she broke two Guinness World Records; the longest solo journey by kayak, and the longest kayak by a woman in 24 hours. A two-part Blue Peter special documenting her trip was shown in the run up to the Sport Relief weekend.
Helen was back at the London Marathon in 2010, however this time as part of the BBC’s ‘5 Live’ team, covering the event from Tower Bridge. Since then she has reported from the Epsom Derby and Wimbledon Championships for the station. During the two week tennis tournament she co-presented a daily podcast with Jeff Tarango for the ‘5 Live’ website, rounding up all the day's action both on and off court.
Helen has just finished filming for ‘Country Tracks’ for BBC One, which will be broadcast later in the year.
Helen is available for a variety of corporate work, from awards hosting to motivational and after-dinner speaking. Helen can speak about her inspirational Amazon Adventure and other exploits for a variety of audiences, tailoring her speech for each client. Previous corporate work has included writing a feature for The Sunday telegraph sponsored by Range Rover, and hosting the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre launch event. She is currently working with Bupa Team Telegraph, which will see her captain and mentor three ‘Team Telegraph’ members to run the Bupa Great North and South Runs in September.
“Helen was absolutely excellent on Friday at the Paragon Vets special evening at Carlisle Racecourse. I'm sure that won't come as any surprise! She was friendly, natural, endlessly patient with the kids, and really good fun. She did a great talk which really gave us an insight into her adventures, and won herself lots more fans!”
Paragon Vetinary Evening
“The event went very well overall and Helen was very popular amongst all the guests (kids and adults). She mixed well with the senior members of the organisations involved, and her speech in the morning was well received. She met the brief she had been given perfectly, speaking with genuine interest. The evening presentation also went very well – the guests were keen to hear of Helen’s experiences and again very well received!”
Fire IMC: Tollymore National Outdoor Centre Launch