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Wendy Dodds

Wendy DoddsFell running legend, winner of the British and English Championships, the Lakeland Classics, she has completed 28 Mountain Trials, 43 OMM’s, x LAMM’s 2 Bob Graham Rounds and was the first person to complete the Paddy Buckley Round

A member of Clayton le Moors Harriers who lives at Milnthorpe, Wendy was one of the first women to take part in long distance fell races. As a sports injury specialist, she also travelled with several British Olympic and World Championships athletics squads.

Wendy and Sarah Rowell have co-authored ‘Trail and Mountain Running.

 

Wendy says -

I have been to Nepal twice, initially on a self-guided trek on the Annapurna circuit and in 2013 was a doctor on the Everest Marathon.

I am very excited at being a team leader at the OEM where I consider my experience will be invaluable in helping runners to be at their best, physically and mentally for the run of their life.  My previous experience at the EM means that I have covered every step of the route twice and I think this will help to motivate and support all members of the team.  Past my competitive best I am looking forward to passing on knowledge and experience. More importantly is to ensure that everyone enjoys the experience of both trekking and running in the Everest region, meeting the amazing Nepali people and learning about their culture.

I am passionate about fell and mountain running which I have been doing for more than 40 years. In the early years I did a dozen road marathons achieving 3 hours at London as an FV40.   I mainly run in the UK, exploring the mountains in all of the home countries but have run the Ultra Tour of Mont Blanc and the Ultra Tour of Monte Rosa.  I enjoy all activities that take me into the mountains and have skied for longer than I have been running.  Initially this was alpine skiing, then cross country skiing, including ski orienteering and I did my first ski touring in 2018.

I have been on numerous treks both in a personal and professional capacity, including Kilimanjaro, Ras Dashen (Highest peak in Ethiopia, at 4550m), Cotopaxi (second highest peak in Ecuador at 5897m), (Mount Catherine (highest peak in Egypt at 2629m) and Jabal Umm ad Dami (highest peak in Jordan at 1854m).  It was only in 2017 that I went up my first 4000m alpine peak but hope to add a few more during 2018.

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