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Milngavie’s Shona in seventh heaven as she swaps marathons for mountains

20/05/14BRAEHEAD - GLASGOWSHONA Thomson is the only Scotswoman and one of only 20 females in the world to have completed marathons on all seven continents.Not content with gaining membership of the exclusive Seven Continents Marathon Club, Shona recently continued her extreme running endeavours by competing in the North Pole Marathon, last month.Now Shona has hopes of scaling new heights as she revealed one of her ambitions is to climb the highest mountains in all seven continents of the world.And yesterday, Shona got some climbing practice in when she tried out the Snow Factor Ice Wall, in the Soar at intu Braehead entertainment destination.

20/05/14BRAEHEAD - GLASGOWSHONA Thomson is the only Scotswoman and one of only 20 females in the world to have completed marathons on all seven continents.Not content with gaining membership of the exclusive Seven Continents Marathon Club, Shona recently continued her extreme running endeavours by competing in the North Pole Marathon, last month.Now Shona has hopes of scaling new heights as she revealed one of her ambitions is to climb the highest mountains in all seven continents of the world.And yesterday, Shona got some climbing practice in when she tried out the Snow Factor Ice Wall, in the Soar at intu Braehead entertainment destination.

 

A Milngavie runner - the only Scotswoman to run a marathon on all seven continents - has a new challenge.

Fresh from her recent North Pole Marathon last month, Shona Thomson from Craigmaddie now hopes to scale new heights as she revealed one of her ambitions is to climb the world’s highest peaks.

She will undertake the gruelling challenge of climbing the tallest mountains on every continent.

Shona (32) who quit her highly-paid City job in London to become a full time endurance athlete, marathon mentor and coach, said: “After resting up following my North Pole Marathon, which was one of the hardest races I have ever completed, I’m now looking for other challenges.

“And one of those challenges could very well be climbing the Seven Summits, which are the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.

“I’ve already climbed Kilimanjaro, so I’ve already got one under my belt.”

Shona recently got some climbing practice in when she tried out the Snow Factor Ice Wall at Braehead were she gave a talk this week on her achievements, future challenges and the reasons for quitting her city job.

She was joined for the talk by her trainer, David Arnot who gives her advice and tips on building strength for tackling endurance events.

Shona said: “Even if people don’t want to go as far as running marathons, I would encourage them to lead a more active lifestyle and take part in some kind of sporting activity.”

Proceeds from the talk will go to Shona’s nominated charity, Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and the 5X50 Challenge, which encourages people to run, walk, jog or cycle five kilometres - or a 30-minute exercise equivalent - every day for 50 days with the aim of changing exercise habits for a lifetime.”

Operations manager at the Ice Factor at Braehead, Ian Anderson said: “Shona is an amazing woman and to hear about how she has managed to achieve so much as an athlete, completing marathons in the most harsh conditions is truly inspirational.”

 

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