TPZ125: Running the Jungle Ultra in Peru with Hollie Woodhouse

Peru Jungle Ultra
Photo by Bill Irwin

The Jungle Ultra is a 230 km footrace in Peru. Competitors have 6 days to complete the 5 stages of the race starting in the cloud forest and descending 10,500 feet to the Amazon Jungle below. Hollie Woodhouse ran the Jungle Ultra as part of a team known as Running for Rangers. They compete in marathons and ultra marathons to raise money for the welfare of the rangers who risk their lives daily to protect African elephants and rhino. Hollie is also the creator of Say Yes To Adventure magazine with the tag line – ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It’s filled with inspiring stories, photos, and illustrations around the theme of adventure. You can learn more about Hollie and her pursuits at Hollie Woodhouse, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ122: Running 17,000 km from Canada to Argentina with Jamie Ramsay

ultra running Jamie Ramsay

After 12 years working in the corporate world, Jamie Ramsay decided to trade in the suit and tie for a pair of running shoes and hit the open road. In 2014, he began a 17,000 km solo and unsupported running expedition from Vancouver, Canada, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, raising money for CALM, Macmillan, and WaterAid. The expedition took him through 14 countries and included diverse landscapes such as the Atacama Desert, the Andes mountains, and the notorious Darien Gap. In March 2016, Jamie was named Scottish Adventurer of the Year and won the Physical Endeavor Award at the National Adventure Awards. You can learn more about Jamie and his adventures at and Jamie Ramsay, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ118: Cycling, Running & Rowing with Seamus Crawford & Paddy Montgomery

Marathon des Sables

Saddle Sand Sea is a multi-year, multi-event challenge dreamed up by Seamus Crawford and Paddy Montgomery. They completed the first challenge, The Race Across Europe, in 2015; cycling 2,933 miles in 12 days crossing the Pyrenees once and the Alps twice. Next, in 2016, they completed the Marathon des Sables billed as the toughest footrace on earth. It’s 6 marathons in 6 days across the Sahara desert. Finally, in 2017, they will compete in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 nautical mile row across the Atlantic Ocean. They are doing this to raise funds for The Prostrate Project and Shooting Star Chase and you can learn more about their adventures at Seamus and Paddy, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ111: Running the Marathon des Sables with Sarah Williams

Marathon des Sables Sarah Williams

It was on a solo South American backpacking journey in 2013 when Sarah Williams decided she’d had enough of office work and was energized to start Tough Girl Challenges – a website and podcast aimed at inspiring listeners through inspirational stories from adventurous women. Sarah also inspires by completing her own challenges like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and running the Marathon des Sables, a 6 marathons in six days race across the Sahara Desert in Morroco. You can learn more about Sarah at her website Sarah Williams, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ097: Te Araroa New Zealand Running Adventure with Anna McNuff

Anna McNuff Running Te Araroa

Te Araroa is one of the world’s newest long distance trails. Opened in 2010, it’s a 1,900 mile trail in New Zealand connecting Cape Reinga in the North to Bluff in the South. Anna McNuff spent 5 and 1/2 months running the trail from south to north, unsupported and carrying a 30-pound backpack. She partnered with The Superhero Foundation to raise funds for kids in the UK and New Zealand to get outside and have adventures of their own. Anna previously appeared in Episode 40 of The Pursuit Zone. Anna McNuff, welcome back to the show.

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TPZ080: Running across Africa with Emma Timmis

Emma Timmis running across africa

Emma Timmis ran across Africa, coast to coast, from Namibia to Mozambique. It was 89 days and nearly 4,000 km. Supported by a small crew, they called their expedition Head over Heels 2014 with the aim of raising money for several charities. Emma says it was the toughest thing she has done in her life, even tougher than becoming the first woman to run the 2400 km Freedom Trail in South Africa. You can learn more about the adventure and their fundraising efforts at Emma Timmis, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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TPZ078: Desert Ultrarunning & Adventure Filmmaking with Jennifer Steinman

Jennifer Steinman and Sevan Matossian
Jennifer Steinman & Sevan Matossian

Jennifer Steinman’s documentary film Desert Runners has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. It tells the story of four amateur athletes competing for the 4 Deserts Grand Slam which is accomplished by finishing four 250 km ultramarathons in a calendar year. The movie shows how challenging and dangerous it can be to race in the most inhospitable places on earth – the Atacama, the Gobi, the Sahara, and Antarctica. You can learn more about the film at and more about Jennifer at Jennifer Steinman, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ044: Running around the World with Tom Denniss

Running across America

Tom Denniss began his lap around the world on December 31st, 2011 in Sydney Australia. Over the next 21 months, with the help of a small support crew, he ran across 4 continents including North and South America, Europe, and Australia. In total, a run of 26,232 km averaging 50 km per day. He did it for the adventure, to inspire others, and to raise money for Oxfam, an organization devoted to fighting world poverty. It was also a record-setting attempt to be the fastest person to run around the world. You can read more about his run at Tom Denniss, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ027: Running Across Mongolia with Brian Hunter

Across Mongolia Brian Hunter

Thousands of orphaned children fight for survival each day on the streets of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  The majority of these children are below age 12.  There are not many orphanages in Mongolia so these children form gangs and sleep beneath the city streets to stay warm.  The purpose of Brian Hunter’s expedition is to raise awareness of their plight and distribute necessities to over 3,000 of these homeless children while delivering a message of hope and love.  To do this he ran 1500 miles west to east across Mongolia from July to September of 2013.  You can learn more about his expedition at  Brian Hunter, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

TPZ021: Running South America with Dave and Katharine Lowrie

David and Katharine Lowrie

On July 27 2012, Katharine & David Lowrie began an epic journey to run the length of South America; over 5000 miles through some of the most awe inspiring and biologically rich ecosystems on earth. Katharine will be the first woman to run across the continent and as a team they will be the first to run the continent unsupported.  They hope that through sweat, tears and determination, they can open a portal into the last wilds of South America and rekindle people’s passion for running and for our amazing natural world.  Learn more about their adventure at  Katharine & David Lowrie welcome to The Pursuit Zone.

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