Backwell woman finishes marathon on Everest
PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 20 June 2018
A woman from Backwell conquered the Tenzing Hillary Marathon to raise money for charity.
Elizabeth Mckenzie, aged 41, took part in a marathon on Mount Everest and of the UK women who took part, she finished in 3rd position.
She completed one of the world’s toughest marathons in 10-and-a-half hours while managing to raise £1,113 for the 401 Foundation.
The foundation helps to raise funds for grassroot projects and individuals tackling mental health issues in their communities.
Lizzy arrived in Nepal two weeks before the race began on to climb 40 miles up the Kala Patthar to an Everest basecamp.
She took just 12 days to make it up to the starting position which is situated on the mountain at 5,356m high at the Khumbu Icefall.
Lizzy said: “Before we started I was quite nervous but ultimately really excited.
“We had already completed a six-mile run the day before the marathon while we were 3,400m high. That felt really hard as we were still getting acclimatised to the air pressure and the different weather conditions on Mount Everest.”
“It was surreal being on the mountain because there was a big banner at the start line between me and this huge glazer that I would find myself climbing down, so I wasn’t sure what to expect on the day.”
Racegoers had the chance to either walk or run the 26-mile downhill trek to the finish line on May 29 at Namche Bazzar, almost 2,000m down from the starting position.
Lizzy said: “We started the marathon at 7.30am when it was sunny, but we were also met with heavy snow and chilling winds.
“And because it was also very rocky, we constantly had to look at where we were going – just to make sure we didn’t trip on the uneven ground.
Lizzy ran her first marathon in 2016 alongside Portishead’s Ben Smith who completed 401 marathons in as many days.
She decided to raise money for his 401 Foundation after being inspired by his efforts.
Lizzy said: “On the day, we all helped each other through and eventually we made it to the finish line, which was still 3,550m high.
“It was challenging but I loved it, and I wouldn’t have changed any of it – not even for a second.”
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