About the Event
Looking for a new challenge? You’ll be inspired and entertained in this special event packed with jawdropping exploits and practical advice. Sports News presenter on Virgin Radio’s Chris Evan’s Breakfast Show Vassos Alexander (Running Up That Hill), talks about his passion for endurance running, Bristol based Ben Smith (401: The Man who Ran 401 Marathons in 401 Days) explains how childhood bullying inspired his remarkable challenge and presenter Louise Minchin (Dare to Tri) shares her journey from BBC Breakfast sofa to GB Team Triathlete.
About the Authors
Vassos Alexander was born and bred in London and has been working for the BBC since 2004, most recently on the Breakfast programme on BBC Radio 5 Live, where he’s also presented 5 Live Sport. Vassos does love running marathons and can often be found puffing up the hill in Richmond Park. His other passions are eating (a lot!), reading, walking the puppy, and exploring new places with his wife, Caroline, and two young children, Emily and Matthew.
Having endured years of bullying as a child, Ben Smith tried to take his own life. In adulthood, Ben struggled to feel content with the life that was mapped out for him. But having found his passion in running, Ben sold his possessions, escaped his old life and set off on what seemed like an impossible mission – The 401 Challenge. During his 10,506.2-mile odyssey criss-crossing the UK, Ben ran in 309 different locations, accompanied by more than 13,500 people. He visited 101 schools, burned an estimated 2.4 million calories, wrecked his back and braved every extreme of the British weather, while raising £330,000 for charity, touching the lives of millions.
Louise Minchin is a hugely respected, and well-known journalist, broadcaster and TV presenter. She currently presents Breakfast on BBC One, the UK’s most watched morning TV programme, with over six and a half million viewers a day. Outside her work commitments, Louise is a passionate triathlete and qualified in her age group for Team GB. She competed in the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago in 2015, and the European Triathlon Championships in Lisbon in 2016.