Heading to Nepal to run the Everest Marathon was an incredibly magical and challenging experience, that was worth every effort to get to the start line. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try right? So let's see what else we can achieve! My love for the outdoors came about from family walking holidays back when I was a kid (thanks Pops). Now I’m tied to a desk for most the week with my job (I like to think of it as enforced rest). When I’m not "resting" I love getting up and getting out onto the trails with the girls – rain, snow or shine. No matter what mood I go out running in, I always come back with a smile on my face. The Neverest girls is a project that started with a simple question; 'Why not?'. I hope that we inspire people out there to believe that if you want something (no matter how big or crazy) - then to absolutely go for it. Why not?
My dad first inspired me to run and proved that anyone can do it, regardless of their experience or motivation. Meeting the other Neverest girls cemented that idea and transformed my running into so much more than just a fitness thing. Running with this selection pack of ladies involves belly-aching laughs, breathtaking landscapes, honest advice and a lot of tasty snacks. Our trip to Nepal was much tougher than expected, but we stuck together as a team and learned a lot about each other, most of which is unpublishable here! I am immensely proud of what we have achieved to date and am 100% committed to continue pushing myself out of my comfort zone, in body and mind, in order to help and support others.
Sharing the Everest Marathon 2014 and the Transrockies, USA with the Neverest Girls was a dream come true - I’ve wanted to run in Nepal ever since I first visited the Himalayas. Now I want to push myself further! Running is my 'me time' - an escape from office work and life. But it's also my social life, my health, my holidays, my excuse to eat chocolate. Now that I have proved to myself that can run a marathon at 5000m, I want to see how far my legs can take me: This year’s charity is one that’s close to the heart of many people we know in Chamonix.
Despite having completed a decent number of marathons, many of them alongside the girls, I still don't think of myself as a runner and often need a bit of convincing that I'm up to the job! Luckily the girls are always there for motivation when it's needed. Everest was a real test, not only of physical strength but of the strength of friendship and support. We all needed a bit of a cuddle at some point and I'm sure our time out on the Haute Route will also have its moments! People often ask me if I'm mad for wanting to do stuff like this, I'm just glad I've found a group of equally mad friends to do it with. I'm really excited to be a part of the Neverest Girls and all of our adventures.
Completing the Everest Marathon is one of the greatest achievements of my life, there were many points during the race where my body failed and I didn't think I would be able to cross the finish line. But I did, I pushed myself beyond limits I didn't even know existed - how? That is easy, because of the help and support of the other girls; they were there every step of the way! I am beyond proud to be a Neverest girl and extremely excited to be starting out on another adventure. Running is the one thing that you can do anywhere in the world, I really hope that through our adventures we can inspire others to dust off their trainers and RUN.
I'm originally from London but my passion for the outdoors and the mountains brought me to my new spectacular home in the French Alps. I work long hours in an office during the week so love to get outside into the mountains running with the girls at the weekend. It’s pure escapism from the usual stresses of everyday life and a great way to catch up with the gossip! Plus it means you can eat more cakes! I love a challenge and The Everest Marathon is by far the biggest I've taken on yet, and has left me wondering, what else can I achieve?
After years of spending all my annual leave escaping to climb, bike, ski or just be in the mountains, I finally left my career as a lecturer and followed my dream to live in the Alps. I love living in Chamonix and still have to pinch myself to check it’s for real, particularly on those really beautiful days. I am a bit of a rookie when it comes to mountain running but I can’t get enough of it! The feeling of being up high on awesome trails with friends leaves me buzzing (or zzzzzing!) for the rest of the day. I am delighted to be joining the Neverest girls and cant wait for 2017!
I grew up in the wilds of Northern Canada- a town with a population under 1500! Snowshoes and Nordic skis were considered transportation up there and thanks to my Dad, I developed an early love of exploring in the outdoors. I later discovered the rewards of challenging myself through adventure racing and trail running to burn off the stress of the corporate rat race. A move to the Swiss Alps led me to day-long solo trail runs through the mountains and eventually to racing longer distances over 100km. Since the sport of trail running is often dominated by men, it’s a real joy to be part of running with the Neverest Girls- the most supportive and inspirational women I know. By taking on challenges such as the Transrockies run and the The 10'000 challenge we are raising awareness and support for a great cause, while hopefully encouraging women and girls to just get out there and play!
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