Fernanda Maciel - Aconcagua Fastest Known Time, 2016
Fernanda Maciel is one of the leading professional trail runners in the world but it is off the race circuit that she feeds that fire inside her. In 2016 she realised her dream of breaking the female fastest known time (FKT) on Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas at 6,691m, running up and back down the mountain in less than 24 hours. Her commitment to the goal was complete; her training, her focus and her passion were tested on the remote Argentinian trails. It paid off and has become an adventure that has inspired her to seek similar objectives in the future.
Lizzy Hawker - The Great Himalayan Trail Fastest Known Time, 2016
Lizzy Hawker, with five UTMB wins to her name, is one of the world’s most successful professional trail runners in history. But it is away from the start line that she thrives even more. Her love of the Nepalese mountains has fuelled countless records and fastest known times culminating in her epic expedition in 2016 of running the Great Himalayan Trail, some 1,600 km along the length of Nepal, crossing passes over 5,000m in just 42 days. Despite several previous attempts, the desire for adventure could not be extinguished and she kept going back until she completed her goal.