Endurance has always been a way of life for me, not only a sport, and my enduring passion is for the mountains and wilderness. Having trained as an environmental scientist I somehow fell into the world of ultra and endurance running almost by chance.
I found the courage to take some unexpected opportunities and things snowballed. I held the world record for 24 hrs on road until May 2013, and in 2006 became the 100 km World Champion. I am a 5 time winner of The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, and in 2013 I set a new world record running from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu (Nepal). This was recognised in 2013 when I was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Beyond the world of competitive sport I just love being in the mountains, and exploring on ski and foot.
For me, the most important thing is to run simply for the love of it, with heart and soul as well as head and legs. And then to follow the path that opens up.
If through my running I can reach out to people, to inspire them in some small way, then it gives what I do a deeper meaning. I hope to try to encourage people to realise the value of challenging ourselves both physically and mentally, the wonder of the world we live in, the richness of our environment and our responsibility to share it. This is my dream.