A bit about me
Hello there. Thanks for popping by. I'm Lindsey- a cold water swimmer, adventurer, environmentalist, writer and a speaker. From swimming the River Thames to show how we're choking mermaids with plastic, to cycling the length of Africa to watch the World Cup, or retracing an incredible journey along Australia's Rabbit Proof Fence- whatever idea pops into my head I like to see if I can give it a go.
I'm also a big fan of spinning a negative situation into something positive and looking after this planet of ours that I've been so lucky to explore.
With a background in journalism and documentary-making, topped with a lust for travel and wandering, I go wherever my curious nose takes me, with my ears flapping wide to absorb any local character stories.
It all started with…
…too many beers backpacking in Australia, jumping the fence at a festival and then mud sliding, where I inevitably broke my ankle- 2 plates, 9 pins (crumbs!)
On the Doc's request to recline for 3 months, I had just a stack of films and books to ease my boredom. One of those books was Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence- a story about three young aboriginal girls' epic 1000 mile journey home.
A few months later, back on the backpacker trail, I received a call from home to say my dad had suddenly died in the night.
I was confused, lost and utterly devastated. So, I threw myself into adventure and endurance to deal with the grief. It's the most wonderful of medicines, is adventure!
I started with the London Triathlon, having not ever ridden more than 400 metres before, but suddenly felt inspired about life again. I then cycled the length of Britain, and next I scaled the African continent. Each time I faced one of those big, ugly hills I thought about the girls in Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence, and compared what I was doing to what they had to endure. Their strength, bravery and determination in characters put many things into perspective for me.
In 2016 I finally plucked up the courage to return to Australia to walk the Rabbit Proof Fence. It was the best thing I've ever done. So wonderful, that I'm currently writing a book about it.
I continue to adventure however big or small- and I particularly like journeys that have a story.
2012 - Running to Wales - for a cup of tea
2012 - Ironman Nice
2011 - Ironman Regensburg
2011 - London to Frankfurt cycle- to make the Women's World Cup
2010 - Cairo to Cape Town- cycling to make the FIFA Men's World Cup
2009 - Ironman 70.3 Antwerp
2009 - Lands End to John O’Groats
2008 - London Olympic Triathlon
2008 - London to Paris cycle
2018- Urban Mermaid- swimming the length of the River Thames, as a mermaid, raising awareness about plastic pollution
2017 - Truck Tales - circumnavigating Australia with Truck Drivers
2016 - Walking the Rabbit Proof Fence
2014 - To Bude in the Nude- rollerskating to Bude in a nude suit, because it rhymed
2013 - Je Parle Franglais en skates - Rollerskating to Paris whilst learning French
2013 - Running with Kenyans - Turned 30 and I wanted to run a sub 3.0hr marathon.
2012 - Runkulele - 250 mile run to Manchester playing the ukulele (live on the radio each night)