Ul­tra run­ner Mimi has new ti­tle in sights

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Nick Lil­li­tos nlil­li­tos@thek­m­group.co.uk

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

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