- Place of Birth:Singapore
- Gear:Single Trax Pro
- Sport:Ultra Runner
Running quite literally has given me my life back and the ability to believe in myself again. For 15 years I suffered from Anorexia, which took away my self-confidence and self worth; now, thanks to running I have two Guinness World Records and hold various course records. I took up running in 1999 at the age of 36, quite simply because someone told me it was the quickest way to change the shape of my legs!! First I had to teach myself how to run, this I did on a treadmill and on reaching my first mile which I achieved in 10 minutes I was ecstatic. Over the next few months my distances increased giving me the confidence to enter my first half marathon.
I entered my first Ultra in 2001, The Marathon des Sables running as a team of 3 women called Tuff Muthers.
During the race I was very ill and wasn’t able to keep anything down resulting in me being given 5 bags of intravenous drip at the end of day 3 and a further 5 bags when I finished the race. The team won the prize for the Team with the best sense of humour as we had changed into purple sparkly cocktail dresses 2km before the finish line! If I could achieve this feeling as ill as I was, what could I achieve feeling 100%.
Running has given me my confidence back, belief in myself has returned but above all it has made me a stronger person and hopefully a better one. The camaraderie in these events is fantastic, living in a tent for 7 days with complete strangers, or running with someone you have never met before builds a bond between you that will never be broken; sharing an experience like that is magical, I now have some great friends around the world who have helped and supported me over the years, all through running.
I love to see just how far I can push myself and am always striving to find a race that is more challenging or different and if I can’t find what I’m looking for I set my own challenges. I have run in some of the hottest, coldest, windiest and driest places on earth; have run over mountains, on frozen rivers, sand, canyons, Jungle and snow, I have set 3 World Records and am the first person to hold both End to End records simultaneously, from the highest to the lowest my legs have taken me there.
So why I hear you ask do I run? I love the freedom it gives me, the space to be by myself, the beautiful countries I have had the privilege to race in, pushing the boundaries beyond what other people consider normal and lastly the people I have met along the way who have inspired me, made me dig deeper, strive to be better and believe in myself.
I hope my story has inspired you to dust down your trainers and go for a run…you never know you might enjoy it!