A TedX speaker, brand ambassador, adventurer, endurance athlete, model and more...
Sophie has cycled from London to Paris in 24 hours nine times, she is a two-times Ironman Wales finisher, has completed the 3 Peaks Cycle Challenge, run ultramarathons, climbed Mont Blanc and achieved a world-first expedition with the Alpine Coast to Coast by climbing the highest mountains in the eight Alpine countries and cycling between them in 32 days. She has run in the Brazilian Jungle and climbed Mount Snaefell in Iceland.
In November 2016, she raced one of the most gruelling endurance events on the planet - Worlds Toughest Mudder. A 24 hour obstacle race in the Nevada desert near Vegas. The aim of the game is to complete as many laps of the 5 mile course in 24 hours. Challenging myself in the outdoors is my passion, it lights me up!
How it happened:
In January 2013 I gave it all up to create a new story. I was 27 and running the commercial division at the UK's fastest growing technology startup. I had everything society told me I should need to feel happy, but I was restless.
Three years later, my life has completely changed. I'm an endurance athlete, blogger, marketer, model and motivational speaker. I found something I loved and set out to turn it into my life. The people I've met, memories created, places explored and opportunities to create change, are beyond my wildest imagination.
Raising the Bar:
Sophie believes that through challenging ourselves we stretch our limits, we break down barriers and realise we can achieve far more than we think. We raise the bar of what we expect from ourselves, develop confidence, resilience and drive. This enables us to achieve more across all areas of life and be the best versions of ourselves. Her mission is to give you the inspiration and tools to be the very best you can be, get the most out of your life and have fun!
Sophie writes a popular blog, sharing her adventure's, achievements and even the times she felt like she could have done better. I have learnt that anything is possible if I keep persevering and putting everything into my vision.
See a short video of Sophies Alpine Coast to Coast journey...
Sophie's biggest motivators are being inspired by other people and what they have achieved.
It's all about baby steps. I don't focus too far ahead but on what I can do each day to take steps in the right direction. Somedays it feels like I'm moving forward, others like I'm moving backwards, but I know they're all building blocks to build my castle. Go build your castle.
What the clients say:
Working with Sophie has been a fantastic –she was professional, flexible and overflowing with enthusiasm, a total breath of fresh air. She manages to produce high quality of work but with that magic element of spontaneity which is so important in the digital environment. Both Discover the World and the team at Fiona Reece PR would not hesitate to work with her again.
Fiona Reece – Fiona Reece PR / Discover the World
Sophie came to speak at one of our Women’s Network events and was a pleasure from start to finish. The guests really enjoyed her speech and over a week later people are still talking about her inspiring stories. Sophie was more than happy to speak to the guests before and after the event which added an extra special touch. Thank you Sophie for coming along and sharing your experiences with us, I hope we can work together in the future.
KPMG Siobhan Regan-Presky, HR Manager
Brooks were more than happy to jump on board with Sophie’s next challenge, London to Brighton. Having met Sophie once before, we quickly noticed her passion for a challenge, masses of enthusiasm all whist holding a smile (and a balloon). Sophie and gang completed their London to Brighton challenge in Run Happy style and documented their journey through social media. Their communication helped ignite the Brooks philosophy – the Run Happy spirit amongst their running community.
BROOKS RUNNING UK Sophia Marks, Marketing Manager
Each year we hold an annual Clear Channel Conference to achieve three main objectives 1) reward our teams for the great work they did the previous year, 2) give them a clear vision of what needs to be done for the following year, 3) excite and inspire them to challenge themselves to be the best they can be.
Without a doubt the hardest objective is number 3, this year we decided to get Sophie to talk to the teams about her experiences. Sophie articulated brilliantly that if you put your mind to something you can achieve almost anything. It takes hard work, determination and lots of courage.
By sharing her experiences and demonstrating how she achieved what she did really did inspire the teams to believe that giving up before you even start is an easy option, how it’s better to fail trying then not try at all. All these stories really resonated with the teams.
Sophie’s open and honest approach ensured people were captivated by what she was saying and made it all the more powerful. It added a great deal to the conference and really helped achieve our 3rd objective.
CLEAR CHANNEL Chris Pelekanou, Commercial Director
It’s a pleasure having Sophie on board as sponsored athlete. We couldn’t ask for more in a brand ambassador; she is active not only in terms of all the extreme sporting challenges she takes on but also as a voice for the brands who support her along the way.
SCICON BAGS Hollie Weatherstone, Social Media Manager
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Sophie from start to finish, she put in so much positive energy and input throughout the whole event, leading Team Deman from LA to Miami.
The way she led Team Deman throughout the two weeks, showed outstanding leadership skills through tough, fast racing, challenging terrain and fatigue; it was clear that every moment I saw the team together how strong a team bond and spirit they had formed.
It was everything we had created in our vision over two years ago, and so so much more!
Sophie’s additional work on the content, blogging and social media while on the event, and fitting this in around the racing when she must have been exhausted, was all much appreciated.
Sophie put 110% into Race the World and we’d recommend her to anyone looking for a ride captain or mentor on their event.
RACE THE WORLD, LIMELIGHT SPORTS Leyanne Jenkins, Race Director
Sophie was fantastic to work with on the #NextStopLatinAmerica documentary. She helped hugely with the planning of the whole project, gave lots of insight and ideas throughout it, and then blew our expectations when it came to delivery. The blog posts she wrote, social media posts, and photos and videos she took throughout the trip were all fantastic and the client loved them. The final series we made about the journey was hugely engaging, and she was the perfect choice to present the series. We’ll work with her again.
EPICTV, Alan Sim, Executive Director
Sophie is always up for a challenge! Her approach is always enthusiastic but kind and modest as well.
Great to see the output of projects we’ve done together online. The lay out is great, pictures are high resolution and the words are inspiring.
PROTEST Eva Krul, Athlete Manager
Enthusiastic, passion and driven. Sophie’s postivity and smile enlighten the shoots we did together. She’s definitely a committed and very hard worker who will go the extra mile to go from a good shot to an excellent one and produce outstanding results. I cant wait for our next collaboration!
ADIDAS OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHER, Tristan Shu
Sophie was the lead cyclist of 70 riders on the recent Tech Bikers Paris to London Cycling Challenge. Working as a key member of CycleFriendly’s 10 strong Support Team, Sophie displayed great leadership in motivating and controlling eager cyclists and yet managing their expectations whilst maintaining clear communications when required with the rest of the Team. Sophie’s cycling expertise was second to none. A valuable team player who will always be sought after for similar future events.
TECHBIKERS Jonathan Friend, Event Director
It was fantastic having Sophie taking part in Race to the Stones. Our events are all about regular people stretching themselves and she is inspirational in the way she pushes her limits and is able to communicate her experiences so clearly to others.
THRESHOLD SPORTS Nick Tuppen, Event Director