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Coast to Coast Challenge

We’re wishing Izzy the very best of luck to achieve an FKT (Fastest Known Time) running across the width of the UK on Sat Aug 5th. We’re all routing for you, GOOD LUCK!

WHAT’S THE AIM OF YOUR RUN?

 The aim of this run is to break an FKT (Fastest Known Time) to run across the width of the country following the Hadirans Wall path. The current record was set 2 years ago by a male Polish ultra runner. There currently is no womens time set, so whether it takes me 16 hours or 30 hours it will still technically be a record.

Another main purpose of this run is to just test myself, to see what I’ve got in me, to see how mentally and physically I step up to such a huge challenge. When I was younger I always aspired to be like the ultra-marathon runners we hear about all the time, but not many of them are female. At ultra distance races I would always be so surprised at how the majority were male, if I can encourage other girls my age to go for their goals and dreams and embark on a huge challenge by running this FKT then that would make me over the moon!

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE WITH TRAINING SO FAR?

Illness. I know my body and head are both pretty badass – I learnt this last year when running the Annapurna 100km. Being stuck in the Himalayas, with no water, no food, a faulty head torch, being attacked by buffalos, monkeys and leeches. Fortunately, I still pushed on to finish 3rd place. However when illness strikes its that feeling of everything being out of your control and having to rest, no running, just resting. This caused a lot of anxiety within me as the date creeped closer and my illness still wasn’t 100%. However now I feel loads better and ready to give it a good shot!

 
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST?

Just the challenge, the adventure, the mental grit that will be involved, seeing my friends along the route and getting to share this incredible experience with so many people I care about so much and for them to hopefully see me shine.

WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF MOTIVATION YOU’LL CARRY WITH YOU THROUGHOUT THE 84 MILES?

I’m running this for my cousin who passed away from a brain tumour, his grit and determination to keep pushing on when the odds were against him always motivates me to keep putting one foot in front of the other when running ultras. As usual I will be using my trusty Sharpie to write his name on my arm, and when times get tough, I know I can look down at that and know I’ve got it in me to keep pushing.

Please consider donating to Izzy’s chosen charity, Brain Tumour Charity
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/izzy-milburn2

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