‘Sarah  – You are obviously certifiably bonkers. Thank God.’ Dawn French

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Sarah Outen MBE is a British adventurer, author and motivational speaker.  In November 2015 she completed her ‘London2London: Via the World’ challenge. The 4.5-year expedition saw her row, cycle and kayak over 20,000 miles, starting and finishing at Tower Bridge, albeit with a few diversions and changes to the original plan.

A biology graduate of Oxford University, Sarah loves wildlife and wild places and the transformative effect of time spent outside. She is proud of her charity roles in supporting youth and equal opportunities organisations as well as being a proud Patron of CoppaFeel!.

Her first book ‘A Dip in the Ocean’ was published in 2011 and her second book, ‘Dare to Do’ is was published in November 2016.

Awards & Achievements


2016 Married Lucy (Proudest moment yet!)

2016 Appointed Honorary Doctor of Laws, Leicester University

2016 Appointed Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford

2015 Finalist in BT Sport’s Action Woman of the Year Awards
2014 Invited to join GH Mumm’s Cordon Rouge Club of Adventurers
2014 Appointed Ambassador to Inspire +, youth sports charity
2013 First person to row from Japan to Alaska (150 days at sea)
2013 No. 12 in the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2013
2013 Shortlisted Stonewall Awards (Sports Personality of the Year)
2012 Runner-up in the Women of the Future Awards (Arts, Media, Culture)
2011 Appointed MBE
2012 Appointed Vice President Leicester Rowing Club

2012 Appointed Patron of CoppaFeel!
2011 Appointed Vice Patron of Jubilee Sailing Trust
2011 Finalist for Travel Blog in UK Travel Press Awards
2011 Published first book: ‘A Dip In The Ocean: Rowing Solo Across the Indian’  (Summersdale)
2009 Solo row Across the Indian Ocean – first major expedition
2009 First woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean
2009 Youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean
2009 Youngest female to row solo across any ocean

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