Alex Flynn is an Adventurer, ultra-athlete, speaker, brand champion, film producer, writer, business consultant and lawyer, who attracts global media attention.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008. This has become the catalyst in his life for showing people the possibility of creating positive change in the face of adversity.
He can be found doing some of the more complex, unexpected and, more often than not, dangerous challenges across the planet to raise awareness and hopefully more than £1million towards vital research to find a cure.
So far, in the face of adversity, under the banner of a challenge entitled 10MillionMetres, Alex has completed many marathons, ultra-endurance races, and triathlons, examples of which include:
- Completing the gruelling Marathon des Sables (250 km race across the Sahara Desert)
- Running 160 miles across the Bavarian Alps in 52 hours
- 1,457 miles from London to Rome in 30 days to meet the Pope (400 miles of which was run with a stress fractured right tibia and completing the first 20 marathons in 10 days)
Becoming the first person to traverse the 3,256 miles from Santa Monica to New York using four distinct disciplines. He achieved this distance and 35 days and appeared on BBC One, One show over two consecutive nights.
In 2013 he crossed 200km of the Amazon Jungle, climbed and ran 90 km of the Dolomites and 236 km across the Colorado Rockies, achieving all three within an 8-week period;
On the 24th January 2014, the 10MillionMetres Challenge was completed at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. He had covered a distance more than 6,200 miles around the world.
In the summer of 2015, he competed in the Men’s Health USA Ultimate Guy Competition, successfully reaching the final nine competitors out of over 1100 including Special Forces and the US Marines. He was also honoured by the then UK Prime Minister, David Cameron.
2016 brought a new challenge of completing 5,566 press-ups in 22 days to raise funds and awareness of PTSD, which affects military personnel and first responders.
Alex managed to continue for 18 days reaching a total of 3,762 press-ups before his shoulder gave out.
In February 2017, Alex returned from the Arctic after attempting a 450 km expedition of Sweden’s Kungsleden (Kings trail) in freezing temperatures of -29°C.
Alex has completed his first book chronicling his 10MillionMetres Challenge, which will be published soon. The first documentary film of his adventures has recently been produced for television.
A prolific adventurer, fundraiser, entrepreneur and extensive world traveller, Alex is experienced in dealing with and encountering different cultures, terrain, and adventure.
As a writer, he has contributed to magazines and newspapers both in the UK and internationally. In addition, he has undertaken training and speaking engagements to motivate and energise the employees and work teams of companies in over 16 countries and has addressed industry leaders and heads of state worldwide.
Alex Flynn is known to speak on the following topics at corporate events:
- Resilience and leadership
- Health, lifestyle and wellness
- Risk and the uncertainty of perpetual change
- Adventure and exploration
- Mental strength and overcoming adversity
- Teamwork and team building
- Philanthropy and the third sector
- Life from a patient’s perspective
“Alex gave an inspirational speech at our recent event on the topic of ‘resilience’. He is a remarkable person and captivated the room recounting his many adventures. The feedback was 100% positive from all of the attendees. Thank you Alex for sharing your amazing journey”
“Alex gave a stunning account of his reactions to life with Parkinson’s. Alex shared some of his motivations and gave a taste of his experiences in racing 10 million metres to raise £1 Million for Parkinson’s research. Several attendees commented that Alex’s contribution was the highlight of the day.”
Olivier Bazin – Thames Valley Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network
“I recently met Alex at the PhUSE Conference in Vienna. I was very interested in hearing about all his adventures coupled with his battle coming to terms with having Parkinson’s. I’ve been very fortunate to meet lots of inspirational individuals and Alex is superb. His talk was very detailed, humorous, emotional and motivational. I spoke to him at the evening function and relayed my thoughts. If he or his team ever need additional support on their future adventures then I’d happily put my name forward. All the best and I’m in awe of his determination and never give up mentality.”
“Rarely does one hear about such an inspirational and heroic Briton as Alex Flynn. The challenges he has successfully undertaken would be considered seriously hard by anyone’s standards and are, in my view, independently worthy of recognition.”
Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE
“Alex is a true inspiration and his story makes you realise how much it is possible to achieve when you truly put your mind to something.”
“I was totally blown away by the presentation today, what an amazingly inspiring guy, he really gave me food for thought on how to deal with my disability and live life to the full.”