AN extreme runner and adventurer has been speaking to young people in County Durham to try and inspire them.

Jenny Tough, a traveller, writer and filmmaker, who has completed some epic runs through some of the most remote parts of the world, was at St Leonard's School, in Durham.

She was speaking ahead of the Durham Adventure Festival, which is set to take place in the city from Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28.

In 2016, Ms Tough became the first person to run across the Tien Shan of Kyrgyzstan, covering a staggering 980km in 23 days. In 2017, she ran 860km across the Atlas Mountains in just 21 days, and last year she took on the Bolivian Andes, running 650km in 17 days.

She shared her exploits with pupils in years 7, 12, and 13 and told them about her mission to run solo and unsupported across a mountain range on every continent.

St Leonard's PE teacher Michael Hughes said: "The things she is doing herself as a solo adventurer is quite inspiring.

"It's inspiring for our older kids who are making decisions about their lives and four our younger ones as well who h ave their lives in front of them.

"That's one of the reasons we tried to organise it. It was fantastic. The kids really enjoyed it and hopefully got a lot out of it."

Ms Tough said: "It's always wonderful to meet young people.

"I often find they ask the best questions and it's nice to think my experiences may inspire them to embark on their own adventures one day.

"Events like Durham Adventure Festival are so important as meeting adventurers has an immediate impact on encouraging families and young people to exercise and develop a love for the great outdoors.”

She will be speaking at the adventure festival, which takes place at the Gala Theatre, Durham, alongside fellow adventurer Ash Bhardwaj on Sunday, April 28, at 5.30pm. Tickets cost £12.50.

The festival programme features a range of talks, films, live demonstrations and opportunities for people to try activities.

To view the full programme and to book tickets, visit or call the Gala box office on 03000 266600.