The grandmother of all ultra runners


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Mimi Anderson turned her back on anorexia and ran for her life. At 51, she is attempting a feat no woman has ever achieved

There aren’t many people who make double Olympic gold medallist and world champion Mo Farah look like a part-timer, but Mimi Anderson does just that. The 51-year-old grandmother, who is one of Britain’s top ultra runners and holder of several world titles, takes part in Spartathlon, one of the sport’s toughest events, later this week.

“Of course people think I’m mad, including my own family,” says the neatly dressed and coiffured Anderson who, as we chat in her Kent home, is barely recognisable from the pictures of her when competing. “But I do like a challenge.”

Her “challenge” is to race non-stop 246km (153 miles) from Athens to Sparta, following the route that Athenian messenger Pheidippides took when he ran with a message from the…

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