My Global Odyssey
A unique Global Odyssey will mark the next stage of my marathon and ultra-marathon journey: the Global Odyssey 100 Memory Run in aid of Alzheimer Scotland.
The strongest memories come from the greatest adventures that we encounter.
When asked a few years ago if I wanted to run a marathon on every continent I said no. Trotting round the world checking off big city marathons, or running loops close to airports did not excite me. However once the thought was there in my head it was only a matter of time before a challenge took form.
I am at heart an ultra-marathon runner who loves running in wild and remote terrain; and so why not be master of my own destiny and run an extreme 100k (62 mile) ultra-marathon on every continent finding new tough routes and tackling a variety of extreme conditions whilst doing it.
I have already run 100k in Antarctica. Each of the remaining 100ks will be new and unique. It will challenge and test me too the limit. I will experience extreme conditions: cold, heat, altitude, mountains, desert, jungle. It will be true extreme adventure running; stripped back: just me attempting to prevail over time, distance and terrain. The aim is to run the remaining six in as short a time as possible, and the final one will be a homecoming 100k in my native Scotland.
The GO100 Memory Runs:
- Antarctica - completed in 2013
- Africa - Gambia (October 2017)
- Asia - Mongolia, Gobi Desert (October 2017)
- North America - the NE coast nudging into the Arctic Circle
- South America - Aconcagua, Argentina
- Oceania/Australasia - New Caledonia or Fiji (TBC)
- Europe - Scotland
Since 2013 I have raised more than £25k for Alzheimer Scotland and the Global Odyssey offers another opportunity for me to both raise awareness of dementia and generate much-needed funds to support sufferers and their carers. I will carry a message of support around the globe and will make contact with worldwide dementia organisations.
Further detailed plans of the Global Odyssey 100 will be posted here shortly. I am running a crowd-funding campaign for this challenge. If you would like to support please visit my crowd-funding site below.
Global Odyssey 100 Sponsors
Statements of Support
My Odyssey Story
My Odyssey began in 2013 when I transformed form a marathon runner and fledgling ultra-marathon runner into an adventure runner. This is the story of the odyssey;
2013 - The Antarctic Odyssey where I ran a marathon and a 100km race in Antarctica, finishing 4th woman in the marathon and 1st woman 3rd overall in the 100 km (just 28 hours later). Also en route the D33, Hoka Highland Fling, Clyde Stride, Speyside Way Race, Highland Perthshire Marathon, Loch Ness Marathon
2014 – The legacy and the journey continued and my Antarctic Odyssey has become my Ultra Odyssey and I ran the gruelling marathon in the Atacama desert in Chile battling altitude, wind, heat and tough terrain to finish 3rd woman. Also, the Hoka Highland Fling, The Great Glen Way, Glenmore 24.
2015 - Back to the the ice with a marathon on the artic ice floes close to the magnetic North Pole where I contended with temperatures that dropped to -41 degrees C and tough underfoot conditions.
I then took on a challenge closer to home completing the West Highland Way Triple Crown: which involves running three ultra distance races on the West Highland Way in a single year in April, June and August. Then achieved the 100 mile milestone at the Glenmore 24.
2016 - The Great Glen Way.
2017 - In January I was the first person to complete the Namibian Sand Marathon and Genghis Khan Ice marathon as a double event, winning both races.