Mimi Anderson (Beyond Impossible) is a record-breaking ultra-running phenomenon, competing in the world’s most hostile environments. Emily Chappell (Where There’s a Will) became the first woman to complete the infamous Transcontinental Race, cycling 4,000km in just 13 days. Lara Prior-Palmer (Rough Magic) is the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win the Mongol Derby, a formidable 1000km horse race across the vast Mongolian plains. These extraordinary women tell Beverley Turner why they push themselves to the limits of their endurance.


Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

Cheltenham Town Hall is situated in Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham, around a 25 minute walk from Cheltenham train station.

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