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Megan Al-Ghailani

UNSUPPORTED RUNNER

I am a 23-year-old runner, writer and adventurer from Manchester. I’m also a relentless optimist who always tries to say yes to living life to the fullest. I was born hearing impaired, I am completely deaf in my left ear and partially hearing impaired in my right ear.

In 2018, during one of the hottest heatwaves Britain has ever had, I ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End completely unsupported, becoming the youngest woman to do so. I covered around 1000 miles in 40 days and I’m now writing a book about it. I ran my first marathon dressed as a zebra a month before I set off from John O' Groats. In 2017, I completed the three peak challenge with three of my closest gal pals, three legged. I also completed all eight routes of Snowdon in four days with those same ladies.

I have travelled across Japan and been chased by a bunch of people dressed as the Statue of Liberty in New York. When I was 16 I visited my uncle, who lived in Nairobi at the time. I camped on the Masai Mara, witnessed the migration of the wildebeest and visited a school situated in the heart of the Mathare slum called the Excellence Centre. When we returned home, my family and I set up a charity to help rebuild the infrastructure of the school, to provide the children with a safe learning environment and tools and utensils to help contribute to a better quality of life.

I believe in being good and kind, I believe in saying yes and I believe in the power of positivity.

 
 
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