Elizabeth Hawker

Ultra Runner

Lizzy is still relatively new to the world of ultra-distance and endurance running, having fallen into it more by chance than design during the last few years. However, during that time her achievements have snowballed.

In 2008 a summer of racing hard in the Alps culminated in her 2nd win at The North Face Ultra-Trail Tour du Mont Blanc (14th position overall). Not limited to the mountains, however, she achieved a Gold Medal for Great Britain in the 2006 100km World Championships. In 2007, together with Stephen Pyke, she set a new record running from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu just days after reaching the summit of Ama Dablam. She also won the inaugural 2007 Mountain Marathon Cup, has set new records in the Zermatt Marathon and Davos 78km Alpine Run, and has represented England and Great Britain in the 100km.

Her real love is for the mountains, they are her inspiration. Until now running has sort of happened ‘on the side’. Lizzy is hoping now to start to learn how to draw on her potential and discover what is possible, finding a balance between competitive endurance events and pursuing her mountaineering and ski-mountaineering aspirations. However, the most important thing for her is to always still only ever run simply for the love of it, with the heart and soul as well as the head and legs.

Lizzy is passionate about the Antarctic, mountains and wilderness, and so is deeply concerned about the environment and is committed to principles of conservation and sustainability. She is an environmental scientist by training (a mountain-loving polar oceanographer, achieving her PhD in 2005) and has taken part in many research cruises to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.

Her dream is to encourage people to realize the sanctuary and inspiration of the mountains, the richness of our environment and our responsibility to protect it, and the value of challenging yourself both physically and mentally.