- Emma Timmis
- 20:17:15:57 day(s):hour(s):minute(s):second(s)
- New Zealand ()
The fastest crossing of New Zealand on foot (female) is 20 days 17 hr 15 min 57 sec, and was achieved by Emma Timmis (New Zealand) in New Zealand from 18 December 2021 - 7 January 2022.
Emma never once thought of giving up on her journey. Even through the hard times, she knew she would keep going. Her motivation came from the support of her amazing team and people who were following her journey.
Most nights Emma slept in a camper-van but it wasn't easy due to the heat and the pain she felt throughout her body. Her team helpfully prepared food for her along the way. Running along the road is very tough on the body and she says that she wouldn't recommend it to anyone as it takes a lot of mental strength to overcome.
Her favourite area was the very top of the North Island due to its beauty, filled with spectacular rolling hills and mesmerising panoramic views of the ocean. This is somewhere she would definitely return to in order to explore further.
When Emma told her friends and family about her record attempt, they expected nothing less of her. However, the people along the way thought it was unbelievable! Emma ends on the following note "Having a GWR for the run would be the icing on the cake for an experience that changed my life."