Your Name: Mimi Anderson
Occupation: As far as my husband is concerned – NONE!
Home Town: Smarden
Twitter Account: @Marvellousmimi
What is your running background?
I began running in 1999 and haven’t looked back.
When did you first start running Ultra marathons and why?
I did my first ultra in 2001 when a running friend suggested the we entered the Marathon des Sables – I couldn’t think of any reason why I couldn’t do it, even though the furthest I had run at that stage was half a marathon, it seemed a great idea at the time!
When or where (at which events) are we most likely to see you?
The longer 100 mile plus events.
What are your personal key running achievements to date?
3rd female at Spartathlon 2011
Female Guinness World Record Holder for running from John O’Groats to Lands End – 840 miles
Overall Guinness World Record Holder for running the length of Ireland (M2M) 345 miles
Overall Course record holder for the 6633 Extreme Ultra Marathon in the Arctic
Fastest female double crossing of Badwater.
Only female to complete Double Comrades (no sleep between).
What was your hardest race experience?
Usually my last race!
What events do you have planned for 2015 up to Spartathlon?
TP100, GUCR & pos Glenmore 24 hr.
What is your typical race strategy for an ultra?
Depends on what I want to achieve!
What does a typical training week look like?
I usually do 6 sessions a week which will include a couple of speed sessions of some description, two long sessions and a couple mid-length session. I will also do 3 core/strength sessions per week but this are short otherwise I get bored!
What one tip would you pass onto people running an Ultra marathon for the first time?
Choose and event that suits your strengths and the terrain you enjoy running on; this will help keep you motivated during your training. Most of all enjoy what you are doing.
Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
When was younger my mother used to make me wear boys shoes so I didn’t end up with squished feet (don’t think it worked!!)
Have you taken part in the Spartathlon before?
How did you get on?
2011 – 3rd Female
2013 – DNF
What tip would you pass on to those taking part for the first time?
Don’t panic about the cut-offs at each CP, run your own race; it’s very easy to get caught up in someone elses.
What are you looking forward to at the Spartathlon race?
Giving the foot a good old snog!
What are you not looking forward to during the Spartathlon race?
Coming down the mountain.
How will you prepare specifically for the Spartathlon race?
My training will incorporate lots of road running and hill work, plus I have entered a few longer races of 100 miles plus of to get my legs used to running the distance, I will also make sure that I have a big enough taper.
Will you be bringing any support crew to the race?
I’m bringing out a crew of 3, although only two will be looking after me at the designated CP’s (there is a reason for the 3rd crew member).
My long suffering husband Tim (HWMBO), Becky Healey who has crewed for me since my JOGLE World Record in 2008 and Paul George who has crewed for me several times now including my Double GUCR in 2013 – they are the dream team of crewing.