JOSH LLEWELLYN-JONES OBE
World Record Holder | Speaker | Fundraiser
Born in Cardiff in July 1987, Josh was born with cystic fibrosis. As an athlete he undertakes 'humanly impossible' challenges. As a speaker, he travels internationally motivating people to be the best they can be. As a fundraiser, he's helped to raise over £700,000.
From having no chance at all of survival, Josh is now an International Speaker who motivates thousands. After taking the advice from the late Dr. Bob Kramer to ‘run his legs off and throw him in the sea and make him swim’, Josh excelled in school at cross country, football, athletics and rugby.
At 15 he ran in the National Championships. At 17, he went on to climb Mt.Kilimanjaro and had a boxing match with former European Heavyweight Champion Scott Welch and they raised over £125k for cystic fibrosis.
Growing up, Josh was told he probably wouldn’t reach 30. So to celebrate his 30th, he became the 5th person in the world to complete the ‘Worlds Fittest Man Challenge’. In September 2018 he broke the world record for most weight lifted in under 24 hours. The previous record was 475,000kg’s, Josh lifted 1,000,000kg’s in 22hrs11mins – averaging 755kg’s per minute.
Throughout his life, he and his family have helped to raise over £700,000 for cystic fibrosis charities. In 2017, he and his brother Mark set up their own charity ‘CF Warriors’ to help children get into sport and exercise to increase their life expectancy.
In 2018, he was appointed as an ambassador for ‘Rays Of Sunshine Children’s Charity’ which grants wishes to seriously ill children from 3-18.
On June 8th 2019, Josh was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for ‘Services to Cystic Fibrosis Awareness’.
On 7th October, 2019 he’ll embark on his latest challenge, to swim the English Channel 21 miles, Cycle 200 miles to twickenham and then run 160 miles home to Cardiff (5Days4CF). Alongside his training, Josh travels internationally as a Motivational Speaker at conferences, dinners and sporting events talking about how he’s achieved what’s been described as ‘humanly impossible’ and why he loves having a fatal disease.