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From a school girl running the streets of London to a world record-breaking athlete racing on mountains, long-distance runner Lizzy Hawker is an inspiration to anyone who would like to see how far they can go, running or not. This is the complete story of Lizzy’s journey, uncovering the physical, mental and emotional challenges that runners go through at the edge of human endurance.
Scared witless and surrounded by a sea of people, Lizzy Hawker stands in the church square at the centre of Chamonix on a late August evening, waiting for the start of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. The mountains towering over the pack of runners promise a grueling 8,600 metres of ascent and descent over 158 kilometres of challenging terrain that will test the feet, legs, heart and mind. These nervous moments before the race signal not just the beginning of nearly twenty-seven hours of effort that saw Lizzy finish as first woman, but the start of the career of one of Britain’s most successful endurance athletes.
She went on to become the 100km Women’s World Champion, win the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc an unprecedented five times, hold the world record for 24 hours road running and become the first woman to stand on the overall winners’ podium at Spartathlon. Lizzy’s remarkable spirit was recognised in 2013 when she was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
"Need inspiration? This book tells ultra-athlete Lizzy Hawker's story. From winning the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc to becoming the 100K Women's World Champion, Lizzy's story is truly moving." Health & Fitness "A book that will make you think and, of course, want to go running in the mountains." Adventure Travel "About what it means to be a runner, facing the highs and the lows, being full of doubt, but also determined. This book will inspire and enthuse you to move outside of your comfort zone and live life." Get Ultrarunning "The astonishing Lizzy Hawker's story provides a much-needed female slant on the sport. Where this could have been an insufferable list of extremes endured, Hawker's generosity of spirit and faith in what running can do for one's soul makes it a rather moving tribute to what all of us might be capable of." Independent on Sunday "She's held the world record for distance covered in 24 hours and is a five-time winner of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. Runner follows her through that 100 mile race, breaking off to explore what driver her, and the physical, mental and emotional challenge of pushing the limits." SPORT Magazine "Runneris beautifully written and as packed with pure inspiration (and possibility) as any book ever written on the subject, destined to become a classic of the genre." RunningMonkey
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