777 Superwoman: Susannah Gill interview
British runner Susannah Gill has landed a global document after finishing the World Marathon Challenge in February within the quickest time by means of a girl athlete. The Challenge is composed of working seven marathons throughout seven continents in seven days, and Susannah finished the route – a complete of 183 miles – in 24 hours, 29 mins and nine seconds.
The marathons happened in Antarctica, Cape Town, Perth, Dubai, Madrid, Santiago and Miami, with the individuals being ferried between places on a chartered aircraft. Susannah confronted difficult demanding situations each step of the way in which. “I didn’t enjoy running on the snow [in Antarctica],” she says, after we spoke to her an hour after she landed again in the United Kingdom. “And Cape Town was pretty boiling, Perth was in the dark, and so was Dubai. I had to do a sprint finish in Madrid that nearly killed me, Santiago was a really twisty course and I was getting tired by then, and in Miami I was running on fumes…” So which ones was once the least terrible, then? Susannah laughs: “Oh no, I enjoyed all of them!”
Running marathons over the process per week with a gaggle of 40 similarly-minded runners was once an unforgettable revel in. “We were all ages and abilities, but everyone had a similar outlook to me. We all get a buzz out of running! Sometimes the plane [that ferried the runners between countries] looked like a war zone, with people asleep, others with legs propped up against the walls, others frantically foam rolling, but we were all laughing about it!”
Did she assume she was once going to do neatly sooner than she began? “I had no idea I could do it,” she says. “I didn’t know I could string all these performances together – you don’t even know you can do a Parkrun until you give it a go. Some people might look at me and think wow, but I look at Jasmin Paris and say wow – I mean, she’s amazing.”
Her enthusiasm for the Challenge, and for working itself, is infectious. “I love running – I could talk about running all day!” Susannah ran on behalf of Sportsaid, and is the ethos of the charity in supporting younger athletes. “I think it’s fundamentally unfair that economic circumstances might prevent people from taking part in sport. Sportsaid is there to support children to do what they can do – they’ve supported so many of our sporting stars.”
She’s additionally ladies working. “Just two generations ago, I wouldn’t have been allowed to run this race. But women are just as tough as men – just look at what nature throws at women, and what women have to go through. Races like this are the ultimate level playing field.”
Next up for Susannah are the London and Manchester marathons in April. Two marathons, 3 weeks aside. “It’s funny how your outlook changes – I would never have considered doing it this time last year, but now I think, ‘three weeks apart? That’s easy!’”