“Girls want adventure. They want to have exciting experiences without worrying about being treated differently or feeling unsafe because they are girls. Barefoot Britain will show girls that adventure is as much for them as it is for boys.”
Anna is a global adventurer – she’s cycled 11,000 miles through all 50 states in the USA, as well as cycled over 5,500 miles along the spine of the Andes, and ran an incredible 1,911 miles along New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. For her next challenge Anna will run barefoot across 2620 miles – the distance of 100 marathons! The Barefoot Britain challenge will take five months to complete, starting in the Shetland Islands on Sunday 2 June and finishing in London on Sunday 10 November.
So, why barefoot?
“I could have done the run in trainers – but I wanted to challenge myself more. I’ve been training for the last 18 months to prepare my feet. Sometimes the best way to uncover resilience is to take on a big adventure – and running the distance of 100 marathons across the UK, come rain or shine, is a big adventure.”
It’s clear to see why Anna was named by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the 50 most influential travellers of our time, and by the Guardian as one of the top modern female adventurers. As well as achieving these titles she has co-founded a fantastic women’s adventure community, Adventure Queens and is an Ambassador for the UK charity, GirlGuiding.
As an Ambassador, Anna will be using Barefoot Britain as a way to inspire girls of all ages. She will be visiting thousands of girls and young women on her journey. She’ll be joining their Girlguiding meetings and talking to them about adventures and seeking out new challenges.
Girlguiding found that access to adventure is a top issue for girls, taken from the views of 76,000 girls in guiding. Their research revealed that girls want access to adventure and play without fear, and the opportunity to play the sports that boys play too. They want to enjoy activity spaces that are accessible to all girls, and for women’s sport to be treated equally to men’s sport.
Anna commented, “All the way through Barefoot Britain, I’ll be talking to girls and young women in Girlguiding about taking on adventures and doing things that scare them. I know that if girls can take those first adventurous steps, they will see what they’re truly capable of. I want to show girls that their gender is not a barrier for adventure. I want to encourage the girls and young women of the UK to be their brilliant selves.”
We are in awe – what a fantastic challenge for a brilliant cause! You can keep up-to-date with Anna’s journey here – we will be!