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Megan Al-Ghailani - Youngest woman to run from John O’Groats to Lands End (JOGLE) completely solo

Charlotte Fowles - The Executive Adventurer, solo hiking whilst on chemotherapy & crossing the Australian outback in a 4x4 truck!

Megan is a runner, writer and adventurer from Manchester, UK.

Megan in her own words:

“I’m 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 believe in being good and kind, I believe in saying yes and I believe in the power of positivity.”

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*Please note during this episode we do talk about mental health, trauma, & PTSD.


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Show notes

  • Moving to the Peak District, UK

  • Growing up in Manchester

  • Not really being that into sports at school

  • Going to University in Wales

  • Falling in love with the outdoors

  • Stepping outside her comfort zone

  • Getting to know new people

  • Getting into running

  • Signing up for the Manchester 10 Km

  • Suffering a bad ankle injury

  • Going through a difficult break-up

  • Getting back into running after university

  • Signing up to the Chester half marathon and the Manchester Marathon

  • Loving running and deciding to run across the country

  • Enjoying the process of running

  • Deciding to run from John O’Groats to Lands End - the length of the UK

  • The strategy for the run and wanting to camp at the start

  • Figuring out the accommodation for the route

  • Wanting to follow trails and try to avoid the roads as much as possible

  • Feeling excited during the planning stage

  • When reality for the challenge hit and starting to feel overwhelmed

  • Reaction from friends and family

  • Being hearing impaired and not being able to hear out of her left ear

  • Fears and concerns before the run

  • Being focused and dedicated to the challenge

  • The start line! The top of the UK at John O’Groats

  • Running with a hearing impairment

  • The physical, mental and emotional challenges of the run

  • Dealing with her period on the run

  • The challenges of doing it solo and being alone

  • A challenging day down in Cornwall

  • Keeping the motivation going during dark times

  • Letting things go and staying in the present

  • Managing her period during the challenge

  • The financial costs involved

  • How the run has changed things afterwards

  • Dealing with trauma and an iron deficiency

  • Writing about the challenge and the struggles involved

  • Final words of advice


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