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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > April 2019 - Pace, Power, Passion... > Megan Al -Ghailani WARRIOR “I ran my way out of the darkness”

Megan Al -Ghailani WARRIOR “I ran my way out of the darkness”

Running helped Megan Al-Ghailani find the light during a dark period – and inspired her to run 1000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End

Megan Al-Ghailani confides with a smile: “I love running, but I’m not a great runner.” We’re chatting about her achievement of becoming the youngest woman – and the first hearing impaired person – to run 1000 miles from John O’ Groats in Scotland to Land’s End, Cornwall last year. Considering she ran up to 30 miles a day across trails, country roads and canal paths for 40 days straight, evidence suggests otherwise. But for the 23-year-old, running has never been about measuring distance or time. “I run for my mind and for me.

Running is about movement, being outside and the joy you get from it.” Megan is completely deaf in her left ear and has partial hearing in her right hear, so childhood was challenging.

“It was really difficult at times. I got bullied a lot, and there were times I felt like I couldn’t do things,” Megan says. “But my mum always said, ‘You can do anything you set your mind to.’ And I believe that you can achieve anything with the right mindset.”

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About Women’s Running

Whether you’ve just run your first few steps, or you’re planning your next ultramarathon, Women’s Running is your virtual coach: here to offer inspiration, advice and support, whatever your journey. We have reviews of all the latest kit, including support shoes and sports bras, as well as your essential leg workout to help you run stronger than ever. We’ve got interviews with intrepid London Marathon runners, including Nell McAndrew, as well as with our cover star, Megan, who is the first hearing impaired person to run from John O’Groats to Land’s End. That’s a thousand miles, all told! And this month, we’ve explored the world of hormones, from puberty to menopause and everything in-between, and how we can work with them to run our very best.