GOAL – TO RUN ACROSS AMERICA 2017
On 7th September 2017 I will begin my bid to break the Female World Record for running across America.
The run will start on the steps of the City Hall in Los Angeles and finish 2,850 miles later on the steps of the City Hall in New York.
The current Guinness World Record was set in 1979 by Mavis Hutchinson from South Africa in a time of 69 days 2 hrs.
During the run I will be raising money for two Charities.
In 2007 my father sadly passed away from bladder cancer and in July 2010 my husband’s younger brother Mark lost his brave battle with lung cancer. They were both supported by the wonderful Marie Curie Nurses who not only made sure my father and Mark were pain free and comfortable, they also offered comfort and support to family members.
We’re here for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. We offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left.
– Marie Curie website.
My family have lost two very special men who were loved and still missed but their last few days were made easier by the unconditional support given by these amazing nurses. Part of my run is to raise money to say thank you for everything they have done not only for me but for countless other families.
In 2015 I mentored two amazing Afghan women as they prepared to take part in a 250km 7 day self-suf ciency staged race in the Gobi Desert as part of a team – they were to become the rst Afghan women to accomplish such an extra-ordinary feat. The obstacles they faced in training were tremendous. They often faced street harassment if they tried to train in public and even getting access to gym facilities was dif cult as women. Free to Run had to provide private transport to take the women to and from a local gym during ‘female hours’, where they could spend hours running on a treadmill. On occasion, they found unexploded remnants of wars when they trained in the mountains.
We don’t live in a perfect world and there are still large parts of it where women and girls suffer from inequality. They don’t have the opportunity to participate in any form of sport due to the constraints put on them by the society they live in. In con ict-affected communities, women suffer violence, discrimination and abuse, and their access to sport and physical activity is non-existent. Can you imagine living a life like that?
Free to Run is a non-pro t organization established by fellow ultra-runner Stephanie Case in 2014 and I’m extremely honoured to be an Ambassador.
Free to Run provides opportunities for women and girls from con ict-affected areas to get involved in running, tness and outdoor adventure. Through sport, Free to Run aims to empower and educate women in some of the most dif cult areas on earth, such as Afghanistan and South Sudan. They are using the power of sport to change lives and communities.
In Afghanistan, Free to Run helped form sports clubs for female students, engaging them in hiking and other outdoor activities. Often for the first time in their lives, these young women are experiencing what it is like to move freely outdoors. By empowering women and educating men, Free to Run uses sport to challenge the perception of the role of women in public life, in societies where traditionally they had less freedom.
My Run Across America isn’t just about trying to set a new World Record and it’s not about ‘me’ and my achievement. Doing a run like this is the greatest way I know to raise funds & awareness for Marie Curie and Free to Run.
Mimi & Me
As well as raising money for the two Charities through a campaign called Mimi & Me I want to inspire men, women and children around the world to go on their own journey, set their own goals and achieve their dreams and see what they can do during the time that I’m running across America. This can be anything from learning to swim, taking part in your first 5k, cycling, ice-skating, golf, it doesn’t matter what it is. Being active will make you feel better about yourself, giving you more energy to be able to cope with everything else in your life – let’s do this together, by supporting one another we can all achieve our dreams.
6633 EXTREME ULTRA MARATHON – 2007
352 mile self sufficiency non-stop race in the Arctic.
Overall winner & course record holder 143 hrs 23 mins
FEMALE WORLD RECORD HOLDER for JOGLE – 2008
Running from John O’Groats to Lands End
840 miles 12 days 15 hrs 46 mins
DOUBLE COMRADES – 2009
1st Female & 4th person to ever achieve this
GRAND UNION CANAL RACE – 2010
145 mile non-stop race along the Grand Union Canal in under 45 hrs NEW COURSE RECORD
28hrs 12 mins
NAMIBIAN DESERT CHALLENGE – 2010
220km 5 day staged race Overall winner
DOUBLE BADWATER female course record holder – 2011
292 miles 108 hrs 10 mins 24 seconds (3rd fastest ever crossing)
153 miles non-stop from Athens to Sparta in under 36 hrs.
3rd Female & 1st Brit home in 32hrs 33 mins
OVERALL WORLD RECORD HOLDER for M2M – 2012
Running 345 miles from Top to bottom of Ireland
3 days 15 hrs 36 mins
VIKING WAY – 2012
146 Miles non-stop, 3rd overall only female finisher to date.
FEMALE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – 2012
PHYSICAL ENDEAVOUR AWARD – 2013
DOUBLE GRAND UNION CANAL RACE – 2013
145 mile non-stop race from Birmingham to Little Venice in London. I began my Double on 23rd May at 9am from Little Venice running to Birmingham in 31hrs 50 mins returning with the race back to Little Venice in 36hrs 49 mins. I am the only person to have ever achieved this.
CYPRUS ULTRA 2014
135 Miles, only finisher, new Course Record
FREEDOM RUNNERS 2014
1,968km run from Pietermaritzburg to Paarl in South Africa
over 32 days.
DOUBLE SPARTATHLON 2015
153 Miles from Athens to Sparta in under 36hrs – 35:07
153 miles from Sparta to Athens – 47 hrs. I became the first female to ever achieve the double an iconic, gruelling, challenging race.