Instagram Live With Esmée Gummer: Why Everybody Should Do An Ultra Marathon

Written By Sam Heward

Sam is one of the Ultra X Co-Founders. If he's not actually out running, chances are he's busy writing about it (or plotting Ultra X strategy!)

6 August 2020

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Esmée Gummer knows a thing or tow about mental strength. She was about to commence her training at a Professional Dance College when she underwent minor surgery that took a wrong turn resulting in paralysis from the waist down. Esmée was told that she could never walk again, bringing her hopes and dreams of becoming a Professional Dancer to a devastating end.

Refusing to give up on herself, Esmée endured intense physiotherapy and, despite the odds, taught her body to stand, walk and eventually run – all at the age of 18.

Esmée participated in Ultra X Jordan in 2019 and had, in her words, “one of the most challenging and uplifting experiences” of her life. We chatted about her experience in Jordan, her training, and her advice for future participants in the interview below.

To find out more about Esmée and ask her any questions that you may have, check out @esmee_ldn.

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