Meet the Team
Just like Mimi, Jenny is a fellow X-Bionic Athlete and Ambassador for Free to Run. She has recently relocated to Texas and is taking full advantage of the US Trail running scene! As a professional ultra runner who has taken part in some of the world’s most renowned races, Jenny understands exactly what it will take from the crew to support Mimi and get her to that finish line in New York. She is beyond excited to start this journey as a team and cannot wait to get started.
You can find out more about Jenny at www.jennydavis.co.uk
Tim Anderson (also known as HWMBO – Mimi’s husband!) has been supporting Mimi both from afar and also as part of the crew on many of her adventures. Having witnessed the many months of training in the run up to these events he says that not to be there at least for part of the run would be unthinkable.
He was one of the crew on the Land’s End to John O’Groats World Record, the crossing of Ireland World Record, as well as the great run across South Africa and has marvelled at the incredible strength and determination that Mimi has shown since taking up running. He will be assisting the crew for a few weeks in the early stages of the run.
Aaron has volunteered to drive the RV for the October section of the challenge. He’ll be fresh from running the 2017 Grand to Grand ultra and is thrilled at the opportunity of cheering Mimi on (from a seated position).
Hello… My name is Sophie Rooney and I am stoked to be able to say I will be joining the team of people supporting Mimi’s incredible record attempt this September. Unlike many of the other team members, my involvement with the world of distance running has lasted only a year – having decided in April 2016 that I would run the length of Scandinavia the following August. Safe to say the trip was a success (minus of course a pretty severe issue of blood loss following a stomach ulcer) and I am proud to say I am the first woman to have run the length of Scandinavia. Ever since then, I have grown to love running more and more each day – to the point where I now go out daily with a smile on my face. The dream is to one day be able to move with the speed and grace that great ultra-runners possess – being part of the team supporting Mimi will means I get to watch this in action for several days (without it being as creepy as following a stranger) and hope to learn an awful lot!Outside of running, I am a pretty keen flatwater kayaker, having raced the sport since I was 11. I also enjoy most sports – and will generally give anything a go. Profession wise, I work in marketing but at heart (so my degrees say) I am a geographer – so maps and route following should be my strong point (emphasis on the should). I blog, I Facebook and I use Instagram far too much (this probably won’t improve stateside). I am also a self-professed coffee and cheese addict with a big weakness for chocolate and wine. Finally, the thing I am most looking forward to about the trip? I was going to say the scenery and experience of traversing an entire continent, but I think the teamwork and the possibility to say I played my part in something this huge has to contend with that!
Hi, I’m Jan, a 47 year old Scottish ‘London Bobby’ of 28 years, living in Hertfordshire, England and someone who likes to run a lot albeit at a very slow plod. I came to running quite late in life, about 10 years ago and it is safe to say I got hooked having run races at various distances from 5K to 100 miles. I’ve also dabbled in cycling, swim/run events and triathlon. I would class some of my greatest achievements as swimming across Loch Ness (part of Loch Gu Loch swim/run event, 2015) sadly I didn’t see Nessie; completing Challenge Roth (2014) a long distance triathlon and it was during the marathon leg that the ultra marathon seed was sown and more recently my biggest running achievement was completing Centurion Running’s Autumn 100 mile ultra in Oct 2016. 2017 is a build year for 2018 where I’ll be taking on Run Across Scotland, a continuous 214 mile event within 100 hours. I am thrilled and excited to be part of Mimi’s crew, supporting her throughout this amazing challenge. It really is once in a lifetime opportunity and an amazing way to see America.
I am married to Paul (also crewing Mimi on her USA World record attempt). We got married in 2016 and crewing Mimi on her attempt will be our “runnymoon” as we didn’t have a honeymoon. I first met Mimi when she attempted Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2007. I then crewed her in 2008 when she successfully achieved the GWR from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Since then I have crewed her on many occasions since including top to bottom of Ireland, Double Badwater and Double Spartathlon so have got to know her very well. I started running myself in 2005 and have completed several ultras including some multi day events. I am currently training for the North Downs 100 in August and hopefully I can complete my first non-stop 100 mile race.
Hi there – I’m Paul, I’m 50+1 years young, and married to Becky. I first met Mimi whilst I was working for Devon & Cornwall Police (Traffic Dept.) as she undertook her JOGLE attempt in 2008. I was behind her as she crossed the County border! Since then I’ve had the privilege of running and crewing Mimi on her double Grand Union Canal Race; and her double Spartathlon; and on her Thames Path success.
Personally I’ve completed several ultra marathons – The Black RAT on the Cornish coastal path, and also the multi 3 day event – “The Druids Challenge” along the length of The Ridgeway. My ambition is to train for and enter the SDW50 in 2018….and who knows what follows after that…..?
Fiona Phillips MSc Masters Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation MCSP HCPC AACP ACPOMIT
Fiona qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1982 & went to work in Torbay, combining gaining general Physiotherapy experience with a love of sailing. Journeying onto the inspiring Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre; The Princess Margaret Hospital; The Royal Berkshire Hospital – Superintendent in Orthopaedics & ICU; Reading Sports Injury Clinic; GP, Industry & Private Practice Work in Somerset; European Youth Olympics-Judo; Professional Rugby 10yrs, gaining a team European Cup Winners Medal ; 2012 London/ Weymouth Olympics. Currently she runs a busy Private Practice in Somerset, treating sporting, musculoskeletal conditions, helping to optimise, improve performance in people of all ages, elite sportspeople – oh & one lamb! Fiona also works as an Extended Orthopaedic Specialist in Bath Spa.
Fiona loves anything to do with the sea; activity; tennis; travel – top fav destination at the moment = S America, horse riding over the Andes in Chile, Patagonia & Ecuador.
‘Helping to support Mimi in her World Record Adventure run across USA is a fantastic opportunity to assist, observe, help get the best out of a human body ‘Mimi’s’ being pushed to the max & to travel further !’
Rebecca Williams MCSP HCPC MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine Beccy qualified at Bath School of Physiotherapy in 1990. She has extensive experience in the treatment of all musculoskeletal conditions. She has worked in professional rugby for 10 years and completed a Masters degree in sports and exercise medicine in 2006. She has also been involved in the treatment of athletes at both national and international levels. She enjoys running and swimming and has taken part in numerous triathlons over the years.
In 2013 I listened to an articulate, glamorous woman chat very modestly about her adventures and incredible achievements…and I was blown away with inspiration! That’s when I met Mimi. Fast forward a few years, and I now have the opportunity to be on her team on one of her EPIC challenges!!! I am also a runner, I have completed Marathons, Ultras and Adventure races. It is an excuse for me to travel, to be immersed in beautiful landscapes, to push my limits, and to just be me. My background is in Fine Art painting, and I was the only art school kid who took herself off to run club! I continued with these parallel passions; working in Museums and training on the streets of London until the hills and trees pulled me back to the countryside. I retrained in 2013 to qualify with the highest level of Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy from North London School of Sports Massage, and continue building my knowledge with professional development courses. I now work within a multi disciplinary Chiropractic Clinic in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. I support clients with injuries and discomfort and especially attract characters with similar endurance sports interests as me. Within my massage career I have worked from clinics in London, in-house corporate offices, mentoring massage students and volunteering with post-event massage at events such as The London Marathon. I use my empathic nature and kick ass encouragement to be the most enthusiastic massage therapist! As a long distance runner I have the insight of personal experience, I understand the drive and (mostly bonkers) mentality of the endurance athlete; I have felt the pain and rejoiced in the highs! I hope my balance of knowledge, experience, pointy elbows and of course soothing hands will be a part of Mimi’s invaluable team to help her achieve this immense goal!