This morning before dawn, in her home town of Sydney, Heather Hawkins finished the seventh of seven marathons she has run in seven days on seven different continents which is the World Marathon Challenge. Seven days ago, she started in Antarctica, the day after, it was Chile, then it was Miami, Madrid, Morocco and yesterday, Dubai.
Heather is 50 years old, and only “took up long-distance running three years ago after surviving ovarian cancer.” She had emergency surgery to remove the cancer in 2007, and afterwards decided she wanted to challenge herself.
“It was just a life-changing experience,” she said.
“I feel so eager to have experiences and to live life and to really push some boundaries physically as well as to prove that the cancer hasn’t beaten me … I dedicate it to friends and fellow ovarian cancer survivors and people battling the biggest battles in their life with cancer … And that just helps wield you along and you just think if I get to the end of this race and then I’ll get to the next one and we’ll get through that as well.”
Her husband, Doug, described her journey as
an epic tale of determination, guts and a will to achieve, all done with a smile.