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.

Home: Footloose in the Swiss Alps

Favorite Food: Home-baked bread, some good cheese and a glass of wine.

Favorite Book: Clear Waters Rising by Nicholas Crane

Favorite Quote: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” - Goethe

How I Relax: Losing myself in a good book. Going to the hills. Running.

Best Ever Run: A run around Mont Blanc. 100km in Korea. A run from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu. Another run around Mont Blanc. And any day I can run - wherever, however, whenever. If I can - I will.


  • 1st woman at the Everest Sky Race (9 day, 200km, stage race), Nepal, 2011.
  • Gold Medal and WORLD RECORD at the 24hr Commonwealth Championships, UK, 2011.
  • 1st woman at The North Face Ultra Trail Tour du Mont Blanc, France. 2011.
  • 1st woman at the Gondo Event (double mountain marathon), Switzerland. 2011.
  • 1st woman at Swiss Alpine Davos (78km), Switzerland, 2011.
  • 3rd place, Zermatt Marathon, Switzerland, 2011.
  • Gold Medal, 7th place in the Comrades Marathon (89km), South Africa. 2011.
  • Gold Medal, 6th place in the Two Oceans (56km), South Africa, 2011.
  • 1st woman at 123km TransGranCanaria, Gran Canaria. 2011.
  • 1st woman at Hong Kong 100, Hong Kong, 2011.
  • 1st woman at Annapurna 100, Nepal, 2011.

World Record and World Championships

  • Gold Medal and WORLD RECORD at the 24hr Commonwealth Championships, 2011.
  • Bronze Medal at the 100km World Championships, representing Great Britain, 2010.
  • Bronze Medal at the World Trail Championships, representing Great Britatin, 2009.
  • World record running from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu, 2011.
  • Gold Medal at 100km World Championships, representing Great Britain, 2006.

Other notable races

  • 1st woman at The North Face Ultra Trail Tour du Mont Blanc, France 2010, 2008 and 2005; 2nd in 2009.
  • Winner of the women’s inaugral Mountain Marathon Cup, 2007.
  • 1st woman at The North Face 50 mile Endurance Challenge, San Francisco. 2007
  • Zermatt Marathon, 1st woman in 2006, 2007 (course record), 2008.
  • Swiss Alpine Marathon Davos (78km), 1st woman in 2006 (course record), 2007 and 2011.

Personal Bests

  • 24hrs (road) 247.076 km WORLD and COMMONWEALTH RECORD
  • 100 km 7:29:12 hrs WORLD CHAMPION 2006
  • 50 km 3:21:12 hrs (during 2011 Two Oceans 56km race)
  • Marathon 2:45:02 hrs (during 2011 Two Oceans 56km race)
  • Half-Marathon 77:35 mins
  • 10 km 36:26 mins
  • Fastest world performance times for 50 km and 100 km in 2006 - road running