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Dion LEONARD AUTHOR/INSPIRer/ULTRA RUNNER
Dion Leonard's lifestyle was killing him. Weighing 250 pounds; Dion’s uncontrollable eating habits, heavy smoking and excessive drinking to hide the demons from his abusive and turbulent childhood were leading him to an early grave.
Whilst climbing the career ladder as a highly successful corporate senior leader with over 20 years experience in sales and marketing with some of the largest FMCG and Wine & Spirits businesses in the industry; Dion felt his life was missing a deeper purpose. He took up running and found the further he ran, the tougher the challenge, the more he learnt to harness the power to overcome any obstacle in front of him.
Dion’s iron will and innate ability to survive led him to become one of the worlds top ultra runners competing in some of the toughest and most extreme ultra challenges across the planets most inhospitable locations.
One act of kindness would change Dion’s life forever during a 155 mile ultra race in the Chinese Gobi Desert when a stray dog ran with him, forming an unbreakable bond that would become the ultimate challenge of overcoming adversity to achieving the unachievable. This life changing moment would become the 'New York Times', Sunday Times & International bestseller memoir 'Finding Gobi' which has also resulted in an upcoming movie.
'Dion Leonard is an inspiring speaker that makes you want more from life'
'Absolutely stratospherically positive and your motivation and the strength, determination and commitment to succeed under tough circumstances was something the business community truly learnt from'
'We laughed and cried with you, and flew back home with lots of inspiration – all of us had a lesson to take away and reflect upon from your life story'
'Dion Leonard is 'Simply Outstanding'
From 100 miles to 240+ miles non stop, Dion has numerous top 10 finishes whilst competing in some of the worlds toughest 'ultra marathon' races including the Badwater 135. Dion has won races; including the Kalahari Extreme 155 mile race, Delirious W.E.S.T. 200 miles and become the first male to run the Grand Slam of 100's (silver buckling in all races) and the gruesome Leadman Series in one year.
Dion strives to achieve the unachievable and inspire others to help them achieve 'impossible goals'.