My Global Odyssey is to be the first British woman to run a 100k (62 miles) on all 7 continents.
This is a new challenge and further details will be added. I have already run 100k in Antarctica. That leaves 6 continents to do and I aim to cover these in 2017.
Having already raised over £20k for Alzheimer Scotland I will continue to fundraise for the charity to support people who suffer from dementia and those who care for them. Dementia has affected my family and this cause is close to my heart.
To help me prepare I have set some milestones on the way. The first was running an extreme marathon double: The Namib Sand Marathon in Namibia and the Genghis Khan Ice Marathon in Mongolia; desert sand dunes in +36 degrees to a frozen river and -32 within a few days. I successfully completed this winning both races and becoming the first person to complete the desert and ice double marathon.
It was back in 2013 that I started fundraising for Alzheimer Scotland by participating in both the Antarctic Ice Marathon and the Antarctic 100km Ultra Marathon when I became the first Scot to complete the double distance. That raised the first £7.5k for Alzheimer Scotland.
In 2014 I went on to complete the Volcano Marathon at an altitude of 14,500 feet in the Atacama desert in Chile. I contended with low oxygen levels, temperatures of up to 30 degrees, tough mountain terrain and altitude sickness managing to finish 3rd overall woman. My fundraising total rose to £14k
In 2015 I completed the North Pole Marathon in temperatures that dropped to -41 finishing 4th lady and getting a bit of frostbite on the way. I hit my first fundraising target of £20k. In addition I completed the 95 mile West Highland Way Race and ran 100 miles in the Glenmore 24 hour trail race.
I am an ordinary person: a mum and wife and I work full-time. Running is my passion and I have always loved a challenge. I am also passionate about charity and so use my running to fundraise.
All the money that I raise will stay in Scotland, and specifically, is used on projects in Glasgow and the surrounding area.
All donations go direct to Alzheimer Scotland and my challenge trips are self-funded or independently sponsored.
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