Best-selling author, journalist and broadcaster. Gives inspirational talks on going from party girl to GB triathlete and informative talks on pitching to the media and writing memoir
Helen Croydon is a best-selling author of three books. Her latest title This Girl Ran: Tales of a Party Girl Turned Triathlete is a memoir about ditching a glamorous city girl lifestyle, toughening up through outdoor sport and qualifying to be a GB triathlete.
Her other books include the dating memoir Sugar Daddy Diaries, which became a WHSmith bestseller in 2011, and Screw the Fairytale, a polemic questioning whether marriage and commitment are still viable in modern society.
As a freelance journalist she has written for all UK national newspapers and magazines such as Psychologies, Cosmo, Top Sante, Woman's Own. She's well known for her immersive reporting, such as going undercover on an adultery website for The Mirror, joining a group of men in Ukraine on a 'wife finding tour' for The Mail, or 'night swimming' in the Royal Victoria Docks in winter for Metro.
As a broadcaster she does paper reviews for BBC News Channel and Sky News or you may have seen her joining topical discussions on Good Morning Britain, ITV This Morning, Five News, Woman's Hour and Newsnight. She has behind-the-camera experience too as a freelance producer at ITV News and ITV London News, She started her journalism career as a newsreader and reporter in local radio and then worked as a staff producer and reporter in various divisions of ITN, before going freelance in 2009.
Helen's media experience in front and behind the camera and across print, broadcast and digital newsrooms is unique. This makes her an expert in pitching stories to the press and she runs training courses for PRs and comms teams on developing and pitching strong story angles.
Outside of journalism she is a GB triathlete and endurance sport addict. In 2015 she competed for GB in age-group World Championships triathlon. Not bad considering two years earlier she was a self-confessed party girl who wouldn't even walk to the tube in the rain in case it ruined her hair. She is passionate about inspiring more women to take up recreational sport.