Photo courtesy: Richard Bull
Let’s Kick Our BuTs Out
We have to learn, feel, change, grow, love so that we can live and be alive.
- Lizzy Hawker is a woman who GETS what it means to FEEL ALIVE.
- Inspired by mountains and wilderness Lizzy fell into the world of ultra-distance and endurance running more by chance than by design.
- Endurance has always been a way of life for Lizzy, rather than a sport. But having the courage to take some unexpected opportunities
opened doors, and her achievements snowballed both on the road and the trail.
- She is the world record holder for 24hrs (road), and was the 2006 100km (road) World Champion.
- She is also 5 time winner of The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, and in 2011 set a new world record running from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu.
- Beyond the world of competitive sport, Lizzy just loves being in the mountains, and exploring on ski and on foot. Balancing life, work, competitive athletics, endurance events and her love of the mountains can be challenging.
- But as Lizzy says, that is the journey of life … and for now, if through my running I can reach out to people, to inspire them in some small way, then it gives it a deeper meaning. This is my dream.
- What inspires her to run is: to be immersed in nature – to strive to do the best I can ‒ to learn more about myself ‒ to be stripped of the trappings of modern life ‒ to feel the freedom of a journey, to be exposed to the elements ‒ to feel rawness, vunerability and yet strength in body, mind and spirit ‒ to learn be mindful.
- For Lizzy, but the most important thing is always to run for the love of it, with heart and soul as well as her head and legs. And then to follow the path that opens up…
- Lizzy’s enduring passion for the mountains and nature has shaped both her life as an endurance athlete, and her professional career as a writer and as a scientist.
- A Natural Scientist by training, with a PhD in polar oceanography, she has been on many research cruises to the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. These experiences and studies gave her an even deeper commitment to our responsibility of working towards both social and environmental sustainability in every part of our lives.
- Her dream is to encourage people to realise the sanctuary and inspiration of the mountains, the richness of our environment and our responsibility to protect it, and the value of challenging yourself both physically and mentally.