The clocks going back can feel like an ode farewell to those long, midsummer nights of feeling like you could run forever, and send us reaching for
Alex Staniforth – the Adversity Adventurer
Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, ultra-endurance athlete, international motivational speaker, author and mental health activist, aged 25 from Chester – now based in Kendal.
Alex knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity, having experienced the two biggest consecutive disasters in Mount Everest history, including the 2015 Nepal earthquake which trapped him on the mountain for two days. In July 2017 he became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops and won the Pride of Britain Granada Reports Fundraiser of the Year 2017.
In 2020 he ran the National Three Peaks Challenge, covering 452 miles in just 9 days 12 hours. Having suffered with mental health challenges since a teenager, he co-founded Mind Over Mountains, a mental health charity to help others restore mental well-being naturally through outdoor experiences.
Now Alex is committed to keep challenging his barriers whilst inspiring others to achieve their own Everest – why settle for base camp?
Three Peaks Run Challenge
On 30th August Alex successfully completed his National Three Peaks Run challenge – climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and running the entire distance between in 9 days 12 hours 51 minutes, raising £11,417 for Mind Over Mountains to restore mental health after lockdown. Follow his record attempt and progress here:
Alex is a young motivational speaker on resilience, overcoming adversity and mental health – inspiring live and virtual audiences across the UK and Europe.
Success means something different to everyone but reaching the top of a mountain only tells half the story. Alex takes audiences through the peaks and troughs to build resilience to improve mental well-being and re-define success on the journey ahead.
The universal feedback from all delegates was that the session was inspirational, stunning, awesome and engaging delivered by a stand-out speaker.
Alex's story demonstrated our value perfectly - a key takeaway being that no matter what life throws at you, applying the right mindset and approach will make you a stronger, more successful person. Truly inspirational story Alex, thank you!
The message of overcoming obstacles to come out on top was simply thrilling. The teams feedback was of the highest praise.
Health & Hygiene, Reckitt Benckiser
It was wonderful for us all to know that we are not alone when we experience similar feelings that we all certainly do. You could have heard a pin drop.
International School of Geneva
Alex’s keynote address positively inspired our Leaders of the Future conference audience - whatever their age. His impassioned talk transformed our day from being just a good one to being exceptional. He was also a very tough act to follow!
Philip Lawson, CEO of BOSS Federation
As one of our members said: if we could have a spoonful of Alex with our Cornflakes every morning, it surely would set you up to tackle the day ahead no matter what life threw at you!
Shared Services Forum UK Annual Conference
Teams Inspired So Far
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