FSC trainer takes second place in Women’s Everest Trail race

Watch Manager Jenny Hill, Business Relationship Manager and trainer at the Fire Service College recently completed the challenging 100 mile Everest Trail Race. Set against one of the most iconic and awe-inspiring backdrops on the planet, the event ranks as one of the world’s toughest high-altitude multi-day ultras. Competing against 54 other runners Jenny finished second in the ladies race and came 13th in the overall race which included the professional athletes.

The 100 mile race is spread over 6 days, with the daily altitude reaching up to 4100m(3,500ft), with up to 3,000m (9842ft) of vertical ascent each day. Each day the runners spent between up to 12 hours racing depending on the terrain and distance, the longest stage being 24 miles. Carrying their kit, they tackled trails that were often extremely technical and made even more challenging by the damage from last year’s earthquake, in addition to the altitude.

A former expedition leader to areas including the Himalayas and Andes, Jenny says “This is by far the hardest thing I have ever done. So far in 2016 I have led a team up Kilimanjaro, raced ironman and other endurance events, but this is very different. Racing day after day, on tired legs, suffering from the effects of altitude and camp life, is a whole different type of challenge. I was genuinely surprised at how tough it was. But at the same time, the level of suffering, determination and camaraderie that it required, in such an impressive, inspiring mountain range also made it the most satisfying race I have ever done. I’m racing Marathon Des Sables in 2017, a 6 day, 156 mile race through the Sahara so I am looking forward to starting training for that in the New Year.”


Photos courtesy of iancorless.org

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