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IRELAND WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

In May 2024 I’ll be taking on the biggest challenge of my life: attempting to set a Guinness World Record and become the fastest woman to cross Ireland. 

About the Challenge

On Tuesday 28th May, I'll be setting off on a huge challenge to attempt to become the fastest women to run across Ireland. 

The current record is 3 days, 15 hours, 36 minutes set by the amazing Mimi Anderson in 2012. To beat it I’ll have to run over 100 miles every day. Mimi was one of my ultrarunning inspirations when I started in the sport and has been so supportive of my attempt.

 

I’ll be taking the same route as Mimi – starting in the very north in Malin Head and finishing at Mizen Head in the south. I’ll be accompanied by my husband and two sons, aged 6 and 9, as well as a crew of four who will look after my every need… and film it as well!

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Everyone can track my position live and I’d love to have runners come and join me en route. 

Media Information

If you'd like to cover my record attempt and help to raise awareness for the good causes I'm running for (see below), I have put together a Media Pack below with more information and visual assets.

Why am I doing it and how can you join in?

I believe setting a challenge and completing it can change your life, and I want to inspire and enable more women to do that. So I’m calling this 'Challenge You'.  

 

Set a challenge outside your own comfort zone: as a GB ultrarunner, for me this is a much longer (350-mile / 563km) run; for others this might be 'Couch to 5K' or cycling to a family member in another town. 

 

The challenge is unique to you.

 

Make it personal: A meaningful challenge makes it much easier to commit to training and keep pushing when the going gets tough. For me it’s very personal, as I’ll be dropping my three-year-old daughter in the south of Ireland with her grandparents and running back to her as quickly as I can! My husband’s family are Irish and it is an incredible opportunity for my two boys, who will be supporting me, to connect with their heritage. 

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Get the support you need: Getting a team alongside you is critical – 'if you want to go far, go together' – and without my family and friends, I wouldn't be able to do this. It can often feel hard for women to ask for help, which is a barrier we want to break down as with it we can achieve so much.

 

I’ll be raising funds for SheRACES, to break down barriers for women in sport and get more women on start lines, achieving their goals and empowering them in the rest of their lives. 

 

Please support me if you can!

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