Lizzy breaks Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu speed record...

Posted in Dishing the Dirt by Matt Ward on Thu 25 Apr '13

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Lizzy Hawker

On Saturday 18th April at 10:10pm, the British endurance athlete and The North Face® ultrarunner Lizzy Hawker, 37, completed a 319km run from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu, Nepal in 63 hours 8 minutes.

Hawker began on Thursday at 7:02am. She reached Jiri on Friday at 6pm where two support runners joined her until Kathmandu. During the 3-day run she rested frequently but slept, in her estimation, for just 4 minutes.

Internationally renowned Hawker remains the world record holder for the ‘Everest Mailrun’ the route taken by those carrying letters to and from expeditions at Everest Base Camp. It’s one of Nepal’s wildest trails that few have tried to claim. The route is brutally hilly with more than 10,000m of ascent and nearly 14,000m of descent on a mixture of rocky trails and tarred road.

When describing what drew her to completing the run for the third time, Hawker said:

“The stillness and beauty of early morning in the awesome mountains of the upper Khumbu. A dark, rainy evening approach to the pollution and gentle chaos of Kathmandu. Long stretches of being entirely alone. The precious company and support of good friends. Feeling rawness and vulnerability, and yet finding a strength in body, mind and spirit. Living in the moment.”

The whole experience was simply described as a “A wild and wonderful journey of contrasts”.

World champion endurance runner Hawker will remain in Nepal until the end of the month to race the 8-stages “Mustang Trail”, a multistage trail running challenge through the wild, spiritually rich landscapes of Upper Mustang.

For further information on Lizzy, click here

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  1. Tony Mollica Apr 26, 01:30 AM

    Way to go Lizzy! You are awesome!

    I got a kick out of the four minutes of sleep line.

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