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Laura Jones WARRIOR “I know I can achieve anything I put my mind to”

Laura Jones went from unfit non-runner to finishing seven of the world’s toughest marathons within a year. Now she’s a runner for life

When 30-year-old nonrunner Laura Jones agreed to run the Everest Marathon over a bottle of wine with a client two years ago, little did she know just how far her running journey would take her.

Least of all that the idea would snowball from completing one marathon to running seven – on different continents – within a year. “I had no idea what I’d let myself in for,” she laughs. “Especially given I wasn’t a runner at the time!”

Although outdoorsy from childhood, Laura wasn’t just a nonrunner; she hadn’t done any aerobic exercise for years and a recent hike up Snowdon had left her questioning her fitness. “I do a lot of hill hiking and thought I was hill fit, but I really struggled with my breathing and my muscles on Snowdon. It was a wakeup call that I really needed to do something,” she says.

Not that running was ever a consideration. “I’d always hated the idea of running and used to wonder why people would put themselves through it,” she laughs. But two months later, while discussing plans with a client of Monix Adventures (monixadventures.com), the adventure company she runs with husband, Rhys, the Everest Marathon cropped up. A few bottles of wine later, and Laura had agreed to run the highest trail race in the world.

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