Laura started running after signing up to run the Everest Marathon in May 2017.
Laura has been building up her distances and set an even bigger challenge; to run a marathon on each of the 7 continents in one year.
Despite having never run more than one kilometre at the outset, she agreed to run the Everest Marathon after a few glasses of wine! However, reality set in the next morning and she began to form her training plan.
Day to day, Laura runs a luxury adventure travel company, Monix Adventures, with her husband Rhys. The Everest marathon idea itself was conceived by a client and friend who wanted to run one marathon in his life, and wanted it to be spectacular. Too good an opportunity to miss, Laura jumped at the chance of being his running partner.
After the initial hurdle of starting training, Laura fell in love with running and that’s when she decided to set the main goal of the 7 marathons. She wants to encourage others to break down their own barriers and overcome the fear of judgement about not being good enough, fit enough or fast enough. Laura believes that with enough determination, self belief and commitment, you can achieve anything.
Her schedule starts in London on 23rd April, for what will definitely be the busiest of the 7 marathons. Then on 29th May it’s the Everest Marathon, the world’s highest, starting at over 5,300m. Swiftly after that she’ll be running the Banff Marathon on 18th June. Summer will be spent training, before it kicks off again on 9th September for the Patagonia Marathon, then 22nd October in Australia for the Rottnest Island Marathon. The Antarctic Marathon is on 1st Feb 2018, with a quick turnaround before the heat of Africa and finishing with the Kilimanjaro Marathon on 25th February 2018!
Throughout the challenge Laura is raising money for The Jonny Wilkinson Foundation and The Scout Association.