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Darren Edwards Marathon Challenge

Darren Edwards Marathon Challenge

Everyone at Scamp Speakers would like to congratulate Darren Edwards on becoming the first handcycle athlete to complete the World Marathon Challenge of 7 Marathons in 7 days.

Darren’s first marathon was in Antarctica on the 31st of January and after crossing the line in 5:48:37 the athletes flew to South Africa for the second race, before moving on to Perth Australia, and then Dubai, and then arriving in Madrid for the European leg.

The last two marathons took place in Brazil and finally Miami and currently Darren has helped to raise over £50,000 for the Armed Forces Para-Sport Team. More info can be found on his just-giving page. 

An amazing achievement and Scamp Speakers were delighted to have been one of the sponsors for the challenge

Darren’s book “Strength Through Adversity” was published in February and to order a copy please visit the amazon website and see below details below. 

About Darren 

Darren Edwards is a former mountaineer and Army Reservist who sustained a life-changing injury in the summer of 2016. The near-fatal climbing accident would leave Darren permanently paralysed from the chest down. With determination, grit, and positivity, Darren has overcome adversity by becoming a Disabled Adventurer, Expedition Leader, and Motivational Speaker.

On the 6th of August 2016, Darren’s life changed forever. Whilst rock climbing in North Wales, he was involved in a serious fall that would leave him with a life-changing injury. As he climbed a 120ft (36m) exposed rockface, a section of rock unexpectedly shifted below his feet, and he was sent tumbling uncontrollably toward his climbing partner below. The injury he sustained would leave him instantly paralysed from the chest down and with a severe spinal cord injury.

Lucky to survive Darren Edwards made an important and life-changing commitment to myself – he wouldn’t be beaten.

Refusing to let the word disability define who he is as a person, and committed to helping challenge the perception of what those with a disability can achieve, Darren has gone on to lead a record-breaking and world-first expedition (Kayak 4 Heroes), which saw him lead a team of five injured/wounded veterans in kayaking 1,400 kilometres from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’ Groats in Scotland. This mammoth undertaking, which was Darren’s toughest physical and emotional challenge since becoming paralysed in 2016, saw the team paddle across some of Europe’s most challenging coastal waters before arriving at John O’ Groats 26 days after setting off on their world-first expedition.


Darren’s personal story of overcoming adversity and building a resilient mindset is guaranteed to motivate, encourage change and inspire. Instilled with humour, down-to-earth honesty, and a genuine sense for adventure and pushing the limits of his disability, Darren cares deeply about connecting with his audience and getting them to think – and act – differently.

Darren’s talks are an infectiously positive call to action that nothing is achieved without a resilient mindset.

Specialist Keynotes and Workshops:

  • My Story – Strength Through Adversity
  • Resilience – Lessons from the Edge
  • Leadership – Lessons from the Edge
  • Building a Resilient Mindset
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Mental Health Matters
  • Resilient Leadership
  • Growth Mindset
  • Pushing the Boundary of Disability
  • Kayaking from Land’s End to John O’ Groats (Kayak 4 Heroes)
  • Limitless – the Power of Thinking with No Limits

if you are interest in working with Darren please contact us on enquiries@scampspeakers.co.uk


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