Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, ultra-runner, international motivational speaker, author and founder of mental health charity Mind Over Mountains, aged 26 from Chester.
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 and won the Pride of Britain Granada Reports Fundraiser of the Year 2017.
Alex has a marathon PB of 2:54 and in 2020 he ran the National Three Peaks Challenge, covering 452 miles in just 9 days 12 hours. Having suffered with mental health challenges since a teenager, he co-founded Mind Over Mountains, a mental health charity to help others restore mental well-being naturally through outdoor experiences. He finished 5th in the Cumbria Way Ultra 2021 and in April 2022 he also became the youngest person ever to run the Lakes, Meres & Waters – 106 miles and 21,000ft+ in 32 hours 8 minutes.
He is now based in Kendal and usually found running in the local fells, preferably at sunrise. Alex is an ambassador for Inov-8, Ordnance Survey and Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports