Finding Happiness

& Community In Epic Adventures

Danny Bent Podcast


Welcome back to another episode of the Adventure Diaries with your host, Chris Watson .

Join me as we dive into the world of adventure with the irrepressibly positive Danny Bent.

Voted one of the UK’s happiest people, Danny’s zest for life and passion for adventure have taken him on incredible journeys across the globe.

From cycling thousands of kilometers to running relay races, Danny’s story is one of resilience, community, and boundless energy.

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From Corporate to Adventurous: Danny’s Early Life and Influences

Danny’s transition from a corporate career to a life of adventure is a testament to his commitment to living life to the fullest. Growing up with parents who were avid runners, Danny’s introduction to running was as natural as breathing. “I thought that every mum and dad were doing it,” Danny shared. “I’d hold my mom’s hand and we’d do like 10-meter hill reps when my dad’s doing 100-meter hill reps.”

This early influence laid the foundation for Danny’s athletic endeavors, leading him to compete in various sports, including rugby and kickboxing. However, it was after university that running became a significant part of his life again, connecting him with his family and himself

Great Adventures: Cycling to India & USA Running Relays

One of Danny’s most monumental adventures was his spontaneous decision to cycle from London to India. Inspired by the desire to experience life beyond the corporate world and his interest in a small village in India, Danny embarked on this journey at the age of 30. “Every time I went traveling, I came back thinking, it would have been better if I’d been on my bicycle,” he reflected.

With minimal planning, Danny set off with panniers and a tent, relishing the freedom of self-contained travel. His journey took him through unexpected and enriching experiences in countries like Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.

Despite initial fears about traveling through Pakistan during its conflict with Afghanistan, Danny found the northern part of Pakistan to be the most beautiful and welcoming place he had ever seen. “People with nothing will give you everything,” he remarked, highlighting the profound generosity he encountered.

Running for a Cause: The Trans-American Relay

Danny’s passion for running and community came to the forefront after the Boston Marathon bombings. Feeling a personal connection to the running community, Danny organized a continuous running relay from LA to Boston, raising $600,000 for those affected by the bombings.

This initiative, driven by the simple idea of solidarity, showcased the power of community and resilience. “Humanity is f***ing great,” Danny exclaimed, emphasizing the profound impact of collective action.

Creating A Fitness Community: Project Awesome

Danny’s commitment to fostering community and wellbeing led him to establish Project Awesome, a fitness movement characterized by its high-energy, inclusive approach. “It was just a workout, but there was something about it that transformed lives,” Danny said.

With up to 300 people attending workouts at 6:30 in the morning, Project Awesome became a powerful force for good, bringing people together and fostering a sense of belonging.

Adventure and Wellbeing: The Great Norse Run and Beyond

Danny’s recent adventures, including the Great Norse Run across Iceland and the Great Silk Road Run in Tajikistan, continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

These expeditions, which involve participants running multiple marathons in remote locations, are about more than physical endurance. They are about mental strength, community, and personal growth. “Running seven marathons in seven days shows you are infinitely more capable than you thought,” Danny explained.

Looking Ahead: Future Adventures and Inspirations

Danny’s adventures are far from over. With plans to explore places like Patagonia and Kurdistan, he continues to seek out new challenges and experiences.

These adventures are not just about physical feats but also about fostering connections and personal growth. “It’s about community and the lessons it teaches you along the way,” Danny noted.

Episode Takeaways

  • Danny Bent is an adventurer voted one of the UK’s happiest people.
  • His early life was influenced by his parents, who were avid runners.
  • Danny transitioned from a corporate career to a life of adventure.
  • One of his notable adventures was cycling from London to India.
  • Danny organized a continuous running relay from LA to Boston after the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • He founded Project Awesome, a high-energy, inclusive fitness movement.
  • Danny’s recent adventures include the Great Norse Run and the Great Silk Road Run.
  • He plans to explore Patagonia and Kurdistan next.
  • Danny emphasizes the importance of community and personal growth through adventures.

Call To Adventure

  • Call To Adventure From Danny Bent
  • Go for a walk or a run.
  • Go rock climbing.
  • Spend time in green spaces.
  • Try cold water dipping.
  • Engage in activities before work to start the day with a positive mindset.

Pay It Forward


Danny Bent’s story is a testament to the power of adventure, community, and resilience. From cycling thousands of kilometers to organizing life-changing running relays, Danny’s journey inspires us to seek out our own adventures and embrace the unexpected.

His unwavering positivity and dedication to fostering connections highlight the transformative impact of stepping out of our comfort zones.

As Danny himself says, “It’s about community and the lessons it teaches you along the way.”

Let his adventures inspire you to embark on your own journey and discover the incredible possibilities that await.

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