Cardiff student Illi Gardner breaks women's Everesting record

Run-ins with sheep and support from dad helped her set a new fastest time

Illi Gardner
(Image credit: Cams Basso/Strava)

Cardiff student Illi Gardner has broken the women's Everesting record, taking nearly 20 minutes off of Emma Pooley's previous fastest time.

Gardner climbed the required 8,848 metres in a time of 8-33-47, 19 minutes and 49 seconds faster than Pooley's 8-53-36 set in July 2020.

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