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The North Face: The Power In Me – Always Moving #NeverStopExploring

by Editor
Tuesday 31st March 2015

Video: The ever inspiring The North Face athlete Lizzy Hawker has conquered the toughest races and set multiple world records. Now she is finding the power to fight through injury and run across the most mountainous country on Earth

From the very first mile, every journey we take is fuelled by the power within us. Watch Lizzy’s inspiring story and see how far that commitment and passion has taken her.

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To find out more about Lizzy Hawker, her book RUNNER - A Short Story About a Long Run has been published by Aurum Press in Paperback and will be available from April 2, 2015 for £12.99:

‘Lizzy never ceases to enthuse, inspire and amaze! She shows what it truly means to live life to the absolute fullest, step out of your comfort zone and to truly test your limits. So much more than a book about running, this memoir is about an enthralling life journey replete with peaks and troughs, highs and lows and many twists and turns. Most importantly, Lizzy reminds all of us to never stop exploring, discovering and challenging ourselves to do more than we think possible.’ Chrissie Wellington MBE

Endurance has always been a way of life for Lizzy Hawker, not only a sport, and her enduring passion is for the mountains and wilderness. Having trained as an environmental scientist she fell into the world of ultra and endurance running almost by chance. Her motivation is to run simply for the love of it, with heart and soul as well as head and legs, and to try to share that joy with others.

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 gruelling 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 27 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.

An innate endurance and natural affinity with the mountains has led Lizzy to push herself to the absolute limits, including a staggering 320 kilometre run through the Himalayas, from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu in Nepal. Lizzy’s remarkable spirit was recognised in 2013 when she was awarded the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. These ultimate challenges ask not just what the feet and legs can do, but question the inner thoughts and contemplations of a runner.

Runner tells Lizzy’s story and in so doing, uncovers the journey of the physical, mental and emotional challenges that runners go through at the edge of human endurance. From the school girl running the streets of London to breaking records on the world’s mountains and toughest races, Lizzy Hawker is an inspiration to anyone who would like to see how far they can go, running or not.

Career Highlights:

  • World Record: Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu, 63 hrs 8 minutes, April 2013
  • World Record: 24hrs on the road, 247.07 km, September 2011, held until May 2013
  • Gold medallist, 2011 Commonwealth Championships 24 hrs on the road, 247.07 km
  • Gold medallist, 2006 IAU 100km World Championships, 07:28:46,
  • 5 time winner of Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012

Lizzy Hawker is the past winner of the both the Daily Mail 'Woman of the Year' award and the National Geographic 'Adventurer of the Year' Award. As well as, 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, The North Face; Fell Runners Association (UK) Long Distance Award 2008 and Road Runners Club (UK) John Jewell Award 2006 for outstanding performance by British Distance Runner.


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