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Debra Bourne lost three years to three major injuries: a torn posterior tibial tendon, a broken ankle and a stress-fractured pelvis. Undeterred, she set out to run 10 marathons in 10 days to prove she could come back stronger, and chose a November challenge to celebrate her 50th birthday


She came, she ran, she conquered – 10 times over!

I ran five 50-mile events the year after I turned 45, so I wanted a different challenge for reaching 50. My three major injuries between 2014 and 2016 spurred me on to prove I could not just come back from injury but come back stronger by my 50th birthday. “My first running race was the Royal Parks Half Marathon in 2009, which I reprised in 2010 and 2011. I tackled my first 50K in February 2012 and ran the inaugural ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in April 2012, finishing in 3hrs 47mins. I completed the North Downs Way 50 miler in May that year in 9hrs 53mins, loved it, and intended to try 100-milers after my five 50-milers in 2013. Then disaster struck.

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About Women’s Running

Get inspired to take your running off the beaten track, with the July issue of Women’s Running, on sale 31 May. From our beginner’s guide to ultrarunning (including a 16-week training plan), to the lowdown on all things vertical racing, this issue celebrates adventure in running – and shows you how you can get a piece of it. Don’t fear, though, that doesn’t have to mean transforming into an ultra-athlete, running ludicrous miles in remote locations. We’ll show you how simply taking your runs off road and embracing the great outdoors can shake up your routine – and add some soul to your running. And if you need some convincing, don’t miss our interview with cover star and off-road enthusiast Caroline McKay, who tells us why the life-affirming nature of trail running has got her totally hooked. This issue also features our spring Ultimate Race Guide, compiling the best 100 races taking place from July onwards this year, so you can start planning your next adventure …