Meet Mimi Anderson, aka Marvellous Mimi, no doubt the greatest woman ultra runner in the UK. And given the number of her world's best performances, and world firsts, she'd have a decent shot at being regarded as the greatest in the world.
Introducing Marvellous Mimi, talking about some of her best and most recent achievements
Given her extraordinary collection of achievements, it's surprising that you may never have heard of her, but until her being brought to our attention by Bridget Funnell, that was the case for us as well. You'll be more stunned when you read below the list of what she has done (taken from her own website marvellousmimi.com):-
6633 EXTREME ULTRA MARATHON – 2007
352 mile self sufficiency non-stop race in the Arctic. Overall winner & course record holder 143 hrs 23 mins
FEMALE WORLD RECORD HOLDER for JOGLE – 2008
Running from John O’Groats to Lands End 840 miles 12 days 15 hrs 46 mins
DOUBLE COMRADES – 2009
1st Female & 4th person to ever achieve this
GRAND UNION CANAL RACE – 2010
145 mile non-stop race along the Grand Union Canal in under 45 hrs NEW COURSE RECORD 28hrs 12 mins
NAMIBIAN DESERT CHALLENGE – 2010
220km 5 day staged race Overall winner
DOUBLE BADWATER female course record holder – 2011
292 miles 108 hrs 10 mins 24 seconds (3rd fastest ever crossing)
153 miles non-stop from Athens to Sparta in under 36 hrs. 3rd Female & 1st Brit home in 32hrs 33 mins
OVERALL WORLD RECORD HOLDER for M2M – 2012
Running 345 miles from Top to bottom of Ireland 3 days 15 hrs 36 mins
VIKING WAY – 2012
146 Miles non-stop, 3rd overall only female finisher to date.
FEMALE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – 2012
PHYSICAL ENDEAVOUR AWARD – 2013
DOUBLE GRAND UNION CANAL RACE – 2013
145 mile non-stop race from Birmingham to Little Venice in London. I began my Double on 23rd May at 9am from Little Venice running to Birmingham in 31hrs 50 mins returning with the race back to Little Venice in 36hrs 49 mins. I am the only person to have ever achieved this.
CYPRUS ULTRA 2014
135 Miles, only finisher, new Course Record
FREEDOM RUNNERS 2014
1,968km run from Pietermaritzburg to Paarl in South Africa over 32 days.
DOUBLE SPARTATHLON 2015
153 Miles from Athens to Sparta in under 36hrs – 35:07
153 miles from Sparta to Athens – 47 hrs. I became the first female ever to achieve the double an iconic, grueling, challenging race.
Here is part two of the interview . Here she talks about how she got started, competitiveness and her battle with anorexia.
Marvellous Mimi, talking about starting running, being competitive and anorexia
Here is the third part (of four) of the interview with Mimi Anderson, Britain's greatest woman ultra-runner. Here she talks about her training for these demanding events, injuries (quite a few!) and her invaluable support team.
Marvellous Mimi, talking about training, injuries and her marvellous team
Here is the final part of the interview with Mimi Anderson, Britain's greatest woman ultra-runner. Here she talks about age and her attitude to it, the future, how she gt her 'name' and the colour pink!
Marvellous Mimi talks about age, the future, her name, and the colour pink!
She is now in training for her 2016 adventures, one of which is set to be her hardest and and biggest challenge so far. For now she is keeping it under wraps, but when she goes public with it, we'll let you know.
Meanwhile, you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@Marvellousmimi)