Novice runner Laura Jones sets sights on world’s highest marathon, and takes on 7 marathons on 7 continents in one year.
After a long winter of dark runs, painful training sessions and endless miles, Laura Jones is thrilled to have completed her first ever marathon – the first of seven she plans to run on seven continents this year – after successfully crossing the finish line in London.
The 28-year-old, who had never run a marathon previously, now has her sights firmly set on her next endeavour, conquering the Everest Marathon, after completing the London Marathon in just over five hours on 23rd April.
Laura said: “The race in London was an incredible experience. The atmosphere was electric and the scale of it was much bigger than I’d ever imagined. I really felt the buzz of the crowds and it felt magical to be a part of such an iconic race. I was so pleased to have completed the first of the seven marathons and I was incredibly proud of myself when I felt the weight of the medal around my neck.”
But while London was not completely smooth sailing for Laura, it has given her a renewed confidence about tackling the event on Everest.
She said: “I had some real low points on the way around, especially after my legs cramped at 16 miles, but the hardest part for me was the mental battle of the clock and the pressure I had put on myself to complete it in the time I had set in my mind. Once I saw that time slipping away I found it more and more difficult to keep myself focused on just getting to the finish line.
“But now I’ve learned more about my body and how it feels to cover 26.2 miles, I am feeling confident about the Everest Marathon this month. I know it’s going to be a completely different experience from London and I’m looking forward to facing the challenges that it brings.”
Laura set the ambitious goal to run seven marathons across seven continents – a feat previously completed by only six British women – after innocently agreeing to run the Everest Marathon despite having no former running experience.
Following the London Marathon and Everest Marathon, Laura will also run 26.2 miles in the hostile climates of freezing Antarctica and tropical Mt Kilimanjaro, as well as races in Banff (Canada), Patagonia (Chile), and Rottnest Island (Australia).
Alongside her personal goals, Laura is also using the opportunity to raise money and awareness for two charities close to her heart – The Scouts and The Jonny Wilkinson Foundation.
For more information and to keep up to date with Laura’s journey please visit: www.icanrun7.com