The Team

Erin Bastian

Erin Bastian

Erin lives and breathes adventure. Pursuing her passion for exploration from the age of 17, adventure has taken her all over the world. She’s most at home, navigating unmapped fjords, climbing mountains, trekking remote foot hills, skiing steep alpine mountains and sleeping under the stars.  

Her dream is to show others what’s out there to explore. She believes that adventure brings out the best in us. It fosters determination, resilience, and gives us a better perspective on the world we live in. Life is for living and life experiences are what is truly valuable.

Bex Band

Bex Band

Bex is an adventure blogger, speaker and ocean advocate. Since quitting her job as a teacher she has completed a number of adventures including an Arctic expedition and hiking over 1000km the full length of Israel.

She is founded Love Her Wild, a women’s adventure community. Through Love Her Wild and her blog, The Ordinary Adventurer, Bex hopes to inspire others to build the confidence to be more adventurous. She believes that adventure is a great way to connect people to the real values in life, appreciating experiences over possessions and believes it makes us more caring of the environment. 

Clare Osborn (conservation manager)

Clare spent over 10 years in a successful legal career although have always had a passion for travel, adventure and the ocean.  As a volunteer, she has been on the organising committee of Incredible Oceans WhaleFest since 2015, and in her role as campaign manager has created strong commercial partnerships to bring to life the serious issue of ocean plastics, through social media and at large-scale public events.  She also paddled the whole 300km last year with Erin and Bex and says that she is incredibly flattered to have been invited back to coordinate the conservation effort!

Her dream is to show that you can follow your passions, inspire others and make a difference to the ocean. You can follow Clare on Facebook and Twitter

Videos, photos and updates from the expedition:

Length of Britain 2017 Team

Bex Band

Bex Band

Paddling 300km

Erin Bastian

Erin Bastian

Paddling 300km

Clare Osborn

Clare Osborn

Paddling 300km

Hannah Burke

Hannah Burke

Paddling 200km

I worked as an environmental scientist in the recycling industry for five years and became aware the issue of plastic pollution.  I’ve recently retrained as a geography teacher and am keen to raise awareness of pollution in our environment with the younger generation. I live in Manchester so we’ve got the Peaks on our door step for walking but Paddle Pick up is a brand new challenge never kayaked more than a day in my life!

Jodie Bickhoff

Jodie Bickhoff

Paddling 100km

I’m an Aussie travel writer (check out my blog!) living in London and travelling as much as I can before I move back to Australia later this year. I signed up for the challenge to make a difference, meet some inspirational ladies, see more of the English countryside and hug as many dogs as possible along the way!

Libby Bowles

Libby Bowles

Paddling 100km

Having worked in marine conservation for 5 years and seen first hand the horror of endangered animals choking on plastics in the ocean, I have been delighted to join a team of passionate, likeminded women. Being a positive environmental conservationist in my spare time isn’t quite cutting it for me anymore, so I recently quit my teaching job and am off on my homemade bamboo bicycle to pedal the world, visiting conservation projects along the way.

Anna Hollingworth

Anna Hollingworth

Paddling 100km

I am Lancashire born and bred and an outdoor activities instructor. I recently became a kayak and canoe instructor and signed up for this as I wanted a challenge, to do my bit to improve awareness of plastic pollution in our waterways and to meet fantastic passionate people.

Vanese Gordon

Vanese Gordon

Paddling 100km

I’m a waste education officer, based in Bermuda who is particularly interested in plastics in the aquatic environment. I joined this expedition for the personal challenge and the opportunity to meet like minded individuals in a foreign country.

Megan Hoskin

Megan Hoskin

Paddling 100km

Free time adventurer, mountain climber, & complete novice kayaker! The personal challenge & chance to join forces with a group of inevitably passionate, determined & inspiring women first drew me to the expedition. Paddle Pickup has heightened my awareness of the conscious & concerted effort so desperately needed to preserve & protect our environment, & I’m immensely proud to be a member of the team.

Siriol Griffiths

Siriol Griffiths

Paddling 100km

I am a Welsh journalist and adventurer. I signed up for Paddle Pickup in order to do something both practical and fun about the plastic problem. I needed a new goal and wanted to meet some like-minded and inspirational people. Also the prospect of eating camp food for five whole days was a temptation too good to resist!

Charlie Hamilton

Charlie Hamilton

Paddling 100km

Charlie is a musical theatre performer/ climbing instructor and stunt performer in training. she joined the expedition because she loves adventures and challenges and because she is passionate about the environment and wants to help make positive changes in the world

Ella Waddingham

Ella Waddingham

Paddling 100km

Lea Konforte

Lea Konforte

Paddling 100km

Rosanna Kuite

Rosanna Kuite

Paddling 100km

Samantha Towers

Samantha Towers

Paddling 100km

Laura Try

Laura Try

Paddling 100km