Ultra runner Mimi has new title in sights
WORLD records just keep tumbling at the feet of Mimi Anderson who started running at 36 – because she wanted thinner legs.
A decade later marathon woman Mimi is content: “I’m fine now with them, they’ve carried me a long way.”
She’s now all geared up for her bid to break the female course record of Britain’s longest annual race on Saturday.
The Grand Union Canal race stretches 145 miles, with runners not allowed to stop for more than 40 minutes. They have to finish in a maximum time of 45 hours.
Mimi, who lives in Smarden, is out to smash the 2007 course record for women of 31 hours and 25 minutes.
And in the process she hopes to boost funds for the Help for Heroes charity.
“My father, husband, father-inlaw and grandfather were all in the Army, and so I’m out to help our brave fighting men and women as much as I can,” Mimi told the Express.
The race sets off from London before following the canal route.
Mimi is no stranger to tough chal- lenges. The running mum broke the female world record in 2008 for running the entire length of the UK from John O’Groats to Land’s End, completing the 840 miles in a recordbreaking 12 days, 15 hours and 46 minutes.
This was followed less than a year later with another success – she became the first woman to complete two ultra 56 -mile distances each way, back-to-back in South Africa, a trail designed to test runners both mentally and physically.
Mimi has also participated in a 350mile self-sufficiency race in the Arctic which she also won in temperatures of minus 50 degrees.
She shows no signs of giving up, declaring: “It might happen when I get bored or my body says it can’t take any more.”
Mimi has a younger sister, Jackie who is not a runner. “One’s enough in the family.” To support Mimi’s charity effort contact www.justgiving.com/ mimi-Anderson
Mimi Anderson, who is hoping to become fastest woman over the 145-mile Grand Union Canal race