Beyond Impossible

From Reluctant Runner to Guinness World Record Breaker

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 5 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786850546

About the book

When Mimi first started jogging on a treadmill as an unfit 36-year-old mother-of-three, she never imagined she would go on to become a World-Record-breaking ultrarunner.

After coming to terms with the anorexia that had impacted her life from a young age, Mimi begins to reassess her relationship with food and finds a new resolve in running. With a renewed sense of purpose, she decides to take the sport that saved her life to the next level, training hard and throwing herself in at the deep end by entering the epic Marathon des Sables in the Sahara desert, despite still being a novice runner. One startling success leads to another, as she finds herself taking on ever-more-challenging races – from the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, USA, to the 6633 Arctic Ultra – all building up to her biggest challenge yet: attempting to gain the Guinness World Record time for a female running 840 miles from John o’Groats to Land’s End.

This incredible story of how an ordinary mum ran her way into the record books will inspire beginner runners and die-hard marathon devotees alike, proving that, no matter where life takes you, it’s never too late to achieve your dreams and do the impossible.


About the author

Mimi Anderson is, according to the Consultant Editor at Running Fitness magazine, "one of the world’s most inspirational female distance runners". As well as being a multiple Guinness World Record holder, she is also an accomplished public speaker and a motivational talker at events, sharing her own experiences and talking about her achievements.


‘This book will inspire you to take on new challenges and achieve things you never believed you could… While you might not be up to world-record attempts or super-ultra-length runs, Mimi will inspire you to be brave enough to take that next step on your running journey.’

Leanne Davies, Founder of Run Mummy Run

‘A heart-warming story full of unimaginable feats’

Lisa Jackson, author of Your Pace or Mine?

‘Mimi's story is truly amazing… Reading about her incredible journey will make anyone believe they can achieve anything they set their mind to.’

Nell McAndrew