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Keri Wallace - Founder & Mountain Leader at Girls on Hills. Skyrunner, fellrunner and ultrarunner

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Keri Wallace is the founder & guide at Girls on Hills, the UK’s only trail, fell and skyrunning company for women. After her second child, Keri decided to quit the desk-job and find a way to combine her passion for mountain running with flexible working, so that she could fulfil a life goal and be mum to two toddlers at the same time.

Keri in her own words:

“I started Girls on Hills with my colleague Nancy Kennedy in 2013, as a way to encourage more women to try trail and fell running. It was a terrifying leap of faith and a dream-come-true rolled into one. It felt like the opposite of a mid-life crisis though; like I’d finally found the confidence to stand up and do something I should have done a long time ago. But I had no idea whether it would take off!

We only ran a handful of courses the first year but it soon became clear that there was a real appetite out there for the kind of freedom and empowerment that comes with this type of running – across all ability levels.

I love guiding women around the rocky hills of Glencoe, helping them build the confidence and skills they need to become more independent in the mountains (usually a simple case of revealing how much they are already capable of!) Mountain running is such a multi-faceted sport, with benefits that reach out and touch all other areas of your life.

As Girls on Hills has grown over the years, we have learned more about the barriers that many women face, across all levels of our sport, from beginner access, right through to elite-level racing. Today we advocate strongly for equity and inclusivity and seek to increase female participation in technical and ultra-distance events, where the gender gap is greatest.”

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Show notes

  • Who is Keri

  • Growing up in Cornwall

  • How she ended up living in Scotland

  • Playing a lot of traditional sports when she was younger

  • The women who have inspired her

  • Working as a science teacher in her 20s

  • Getting into climbing

  • Making a transition from being a teacher to working in the outdoor world

  • Doing the 3 peaks challenge in 24hrs

  • Getting into running

  • The challenges of doing her first mountain marathon

  • Training for races and how it’s changed over the years

  • The Trans Alpine Run

  • The mental side of running challenges

  • Info for new mums who are running

  • Losing her mojo for running

  • Getting anxious about racing

  • Wanting to push herself on her own terms

  • Not being able to stick to a fixed program

  • Creating Girls on Hills in 2018 with Nancy Kennedy

  • Helping to break barriers down and encourage more women into running

  • Working as a champion for She Races

  • Talking about confidence

  • Reassuring women who run

  • Sky running and technical mountain running

  • Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the Glencoe Round

  • Women FKT - Women with a goal to flip the FKT statistics. Highlighting women’s FKTs everywhere. IG @womenwhofkt

  • Why it’s not about the time with FKTs

  • Role models in running

  • How to connect with Keri

  • Final words of advice to help you get out of the door and go running


Social Media

Instagram @girlsonhillsuk

Facebook @GirlsOnHills


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