7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents


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.




4 thoughts on “7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents

  1. Oooooh I heard about this! There was also a man who did something similar some years ago! Very inspiring!
    I must say: endurance sports do change lives…although I believe that it was because Heather’s life had already changed for the better that she felt inspired to go ahead and do the 7 marathons in 7 days. Simply gruelling too!
    I find that when I run or cycle, that I have the time and space to really think. Some of my most insiri g thoughts have occurred whilst I was cycling or jogging too!


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