I think it’s fairly safe to say that women are incredible creatures. Far greater, and many would say wiser, than their male counterparts. It’s a view I’ve long held (thanks to having an awesome mother and beautiful/talented wife) that was reinforced during the Dragon’s Back Race. This is a race that spits people out for dinner, with a ‘You’re not yet worthy’ thrown after them with good measure. At 200 miles and with 16,000m of ascent, it’s not to be taken lightly. Which is possibly why women have a greater chance of succeeding in this race than men. A fact that was proven with the 2nd, 4th and 6th overall finishing positions being occupied by women.
To that end, I decided to interview these athletic goddesses of fell running and find out what pushes them to exceed not only the boundaries of humankind’s preconceptions, but also their own.
The following article was published in Issue 2 of Avaunt Magazine (edited by Ben Saunders). Photographs by Luke and Nik.