I was 36 when my running career began; I taught myself how to run on a treadmill at my local gym. Initially I couldn’t run for more than five minutes without gasping for breath.
17 years later I’m a multiple Guinness World Record holder, I have set course records and even won races outright. My speciality is running extreme distances.
I’m constantly looking for ways to challenge myself, to push my boundaries and limits beyond what most others wouldn’t even consider possible and also constantly searching for more extreme environments to race in. Running has taken me to every corner of the world including the world’s hottest deserts, the highest mountains, the freezing temperatures of the Arctic as well as the Peruvian Jungle.
In many races I have to step out of my comfort zone and tackle my fears head on. When you overcome your fears – whatever they might be – you build your confidence and self esteem and know that you can overcome anything that life throws at you.
After two years of planning in September 2014 I ran 1,968km over 32 days across the Freedom Trail in South Africa raising over £26,000 on behalf of Save the Children to set up a initiative in South Africa. The project was launched in March 2015 to support young women in a rural area of KwaZulu-Natal; providing the girls with better access to feminine hygiene products, enabling them to remain in education.
I’m often asked why I run. The answer is simple, because I love it. Running makes me feel happy, gives me space to have my own thoughts, the freedom to explore otherwise forgotten places and remote landscapes. Running gives me more energy to face the day and makes me feel alive. Why do I run? I run because I can.
“Mimi Anderson is considered to be one of the World’s most inspirational female distance runners. Women all over the World can relate to her on every level. She is a mother, a grandmother, a wife and daughter. She is witty, beautiful, smart, kind and very normal. Yet she is one of the toughest competitors you are ever likely to meet. Her determination and grit know no bounds and she will push her body to the limit to achieve her goals and ambitions. Through running, she has proven to herself that she can do so much more than she ever thought possible.”
“Mimi is a strong, healthy, formidable woman, oozing with happiness, confidence and self belief. And that is the power of running”. Sarah Russell, Consultant Editor Running Fitness Magazine, Friend and Training Partner.”
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Mimi’s Main Achievements
ICE ULTRA 2016
230km self-sufficiency staged race in Sweden. 1st Female, 4th overall
TOUGH AS NAILS AWARD 2015
DOUBLE SPARTATHLON 2015
Ran from Athens to Sparta 153 miles in under 36hrs,
slept for approx 6 hrs then ran back to Athens total 306 miles. FIRST FEMALE TO ACHIEVE THIS.
FREEDOM RUNNERS 2014
1,968km run from Pietermaritzburg to Paarl in South Africa over 32 days.
CYPRUS ULTRA 2014
135 Miles, only finisher, new Course Record
DOUBLE GRAND UNION CANAL RACE – 2013
145 mile non-stop race from Birmingham to Little Venice in London.
I ran to Birmingham in 31hrs 50 mins returning with the race back to Little Venice in 36hrs 49 mins, total distance 290 miles. Only person to have ever achieved this.
PHYSICAL ENDEAVOUR AWARD – 2013 Presented by Scottish Adventure Awards
VIKING WAY 2012
146 Miles non-stop, 3rd overall only female finisher to date. FEMALE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – 2012
FEMALE WORLD RECORD HOLDER for M2M – 2012
Running 345 miles from Top to bottom of Ireland 3 days 15 hrs 36 mins
SPARTATHLON – 2011
153 miles non-stop from Athens to Sparta in under 36 hrs. 3rd Female & 1st Brit home in 32hrs 33 mins
DOUBLE BADWATER – 2011
292 miles 108 hrs 10 mins 24 seconds (3rd fastest ever crossing)
GRAND UNION CANAL RACE – 2010
145 mile non-stop race along the Grand Union Canal in under 45 hrs NEW COURSE RECORD 28hrs 12 mins
NAMIBIAN DESERT CHALLENGE – 2010 220km 5 Day Staged Race
DOUBLE COMRADES – 2009
1st Female & 4th person to ever achieve this
FEMALE WORLD RECORD HOLDER for JOGLE – 2008 Running from John O’Groats to Lands End
840 miles 12 days 15 hrs 46 mins
6633 EXTREME ULTRA MARATHON – 2007
352 mile self sufficiency non-stop race in the Arctic. Overall Winner 143hrs 23 mins