Wow!! I have just successfully completed my biggest running challenge to date – to run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.
Between 31st January and 6th February 2019 I ran the World Marathon Challenge – or ‘777’ as it tends to be called – which saw me run 295km (183 miles) in 168 hours while travelling 55,000 miles around the world visiting 7 amazing places: Antarctica, Cape Town, Perth, Dubai, Madrid, Santiago and Miami.
In doing so I set a new female world record for the fastest average time, beating the previous record of 3 hours 55 minutes by running these marathons in an average time of 3 hours 28 minutes:
Antarctica: 3 hours 53 minutes
Cape Town: 3 hours 21 minutes
Perth: 3 hours 19 minutes
Dubai: 3 hours 26 minutes
Madrid: 3 hours 11 minutes
Santiago: 3 hours 37 minutes
Miami: 3 hours 26 minutes
As someone who said in 2008 ‘I just want to get fit and run the 2009 London Marathon’ it’s safe to say I’ve got a bit carried away and running has literally taken me around the world!!
If you want to know a bit more about challenge please have a read of this BBC news story:
There are also more pictures and updates on my twitter page @TheIronLadyRuns.
As part of this adventure I have raised money for SportsAid.
SportsAid is wonderful charity supports over 1,000 young athletes every year at the start of their careers - when it matters most - so they have the chance to fulfil their potential, whatever their background. At the Rio Olympics and Paralympics SportsAid alumni won 150 medals for Team GB!
I have already had loads of support and donations from friends, family, colleagues, and from across the racing industry, so a HUGH THANK YOU to everyone who has donated!!
Thank you so much for your support.