A Pimlico woman is set to run her way into the record books as she embarks on an epic marathon challenge.
Marie-Louise Stenild, 36, is aiming to become the first woman to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.
The City-based lawyer begins her quest on October 30 in the Falklands and ends on November 5 in London, taking in Chile, the USA (Los Angeles), Australia, Singapore and Egypt along the route.
She was inspired to take up the Rogge 7x7x7 Challenge by adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, whom she heard speak about his own 7x7x7 marathon in 2005.
“I love running on my own, it’s my time that I greatly value,” said Ms Stenild, who is Danish and has lived in London for seven years.
“However, I don’t think I could run alone for seven marathon distances on consecutive days, so I’m delighted to have runners accompany me for some or all of the way.
“Their company will prove invaluable, and running alongside locals gives me greater confidence.”
Running alongside Marie-Louise on November 1, will be our very own Director of Operations, Stacy Embretson. The two will set out from Dodger Stadium at approximately 1pm to run the iconic Stadium to the Sea course.
Apart from the physical challenge of running a marathon every day for a week, Ms Stenild will face dramatic differences in temperature and climate and an upset body clock as she jets between continents and crosses time-zones. Earlier this year, she completed three marathons in three weeks in Luxembourg, Copenhagen and Stockholm, managing each in just over four hours.
For her 7x7x7 challenge, she will be raising money in memory of 13-year-old Adam Rogers, who died of a brain tumor three years ago. His parents, Mark and Fiona, set up the Adam Rogers Trust in his memory to help care for children with cancer and to help adults with learning difficulties live and work in the community.
30 October 2010
Santiago, Chile (South America):
31 October 2010
Los Angeles, USA (North America):
1 November 2010
Sydney, Australia (Australasia):
3 November 2010
3/4 November 2010 (night run)
Cairo, Egypt (Africa):
4/5 November 2010 (night run)
London, UK (Europe):
5 November 2010
Reprinted with permission from the Westminster Chronicle, 9/13/10.