Join us for International Women’s Day to celebrate some of our heroes: today we're celebrating endurance star Nicky Spinks
Nicky Spinks has challenged how we think about ultrarunning, achieving what was once believed to be impossible. Nicky, known as Queen of the Fells, has achieved feats of endurance that are unthinkable to most ordinary runners. She holds the record for the Double Bob Graham Round (climbing 42 Lakeland fells twice – a total elevation of 54,000 and a distance of 132 miles – in a time of 45 hours 30 minutes).
In June 2018, she became the rst person to complete a Double Ramsay Round (summiting 24 peaks in the Scottish mountains twice, including Ben Nevis, in a time of 55 hours 56 minutes). In 2019, Nicky completed a double Paddy Buckley Round; she is the only person ever to complete doubles of these rounds. And in 2018, Nicky also won the women’s race at the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, and was the last woman standing in the 2019 Barkley Marathons, a 100-mile mountain race. Nicky, an Inov-8 ambassador, was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2018 for her services to sport and charity.
“Women fell runners like Wendy Dodds and Sarah Rowell were my inspirations when I started running,” Nicky told WR. “They had it much harder, as it was before the age of things like lightweight Inov-8 running shoes, increased route knowledge and nutritional expertise. Women in the 80s and 90s were also up against the public perception that running wasn’t for women. The likes of Wendy and Sarah led the way, but I admire all women who juggle family, work and life commitments to squeeze in a run.For many it is at silly o’clock because that’s the only ‘spare’ time they have. Well done to all of you and keep at it.”
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