Alex Staniforth – the Adversity Adventurer

Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, endurance athlete, international motivational speaker, author and mental health activist, aged 24 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 to raise awareness of depression and eating disorders, and winning the Pride of Britain Granada Reports Fundraiser of the Year 2017.

Now he is committed to inspiring others to overcome life challenges. In 2019 he co-founded Mind Over Mountains to help others restore mental well-being through outdoor experiences.

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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 £10,000 for Mind Over Mountains to restore mental health after lockdown. Follow his record attempt and progress here:

What’s your Everest?

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 break down their barriers, re-define success and build resilience for the journey ahead.

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  • The universal feedback from all delegates was that the session was inspirational, stunning, awesome and engaging delivered by a stand-out speaker.

    SASCAL Conference
  • 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!

    Synergy Creative
  • 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

Latest news

The Power of Human Connection

World Mental Health Day seemed the perfect opportunity to talk about isolation. The outdoors can be a lonely place. Maybe that’s part of the magic.

Relentless Forward Motion

Life's pretty simple when you just have to run, eat, sleep, ice, elevate, and repeat. The 9 1/2 days spent running/hobbling the National Three Peaks