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“De bicicleta, as feministas paquistanesas reivindicam lugar no espaço público

Dezenas de mulheres participaram em corridas em várias cidades do Paquistão em nome de mais liberdade.”, in Publico, 2 de Abril de 2017, 18:58

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Tuedon Omatsola Morgan

Morgan, 42 anos, mãe de 4 rapazes, passou de sedentária com 121kg a recordista do Guinness: Tempo mais rápido para correr uma meia maratona em cada continente (feminino), completando sete corridas num tempo arrasador de 10 dias, 23 horas, 37 minutos 8 segundos.

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My Story: How a mum-of-four’s battle to get into shape led to an incredible multiple marathon world record

By Rachel Swatman
Published
Tuedon “Tee” Omatsola Morgan (Nigeria) recently earned a Guinness World Records title for the Fastest time to run a half marathon on each continent (female), completing seven races in a mind-blowing time of 10 days, 23 hr, 37 min and 8 sec.
 
At 42 years old, Morgan finished (in order) the Carlton Classic Half Marathon (Australia), Abu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon (Asia), Torcy International Half Marathon (Europe), The Carthage Race Half Marathon (Africa), Lincoln’s Birthday Half Marathon (North America), Southern Cross Half Marathon (South America), and Penguin Half Marathon (Antarctica).
Last week we confirmed that Tuedon had a set an all-new record for the Fastest time to complete a half marathon on each continent and the North Pole (female) with 62 days 12 hr 58 min 49 sec.
 
An accountant by profession and mother to four boys currently living in Qatar, Morgan began her record-breaking journey with a desire to change her unhealthy lifestyle.
 
Guinness World Records caught up with Morgan to ask her about her achievements. “I went from an unfit 121 kg to the Guinness World Record” she explains, and says she hopes her amazing story will inspire others.
 
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When did you first find out that you had an aptitude for running?
I was one of those kids that always had excuses at school. I disliked athletics. Prior to getting married, I was a slim woman with an average weight of 63 kg.  However, with each child came an addition to my weight and by January 2008, I stared regretfully at my 121 kg/Size 26 (UK) frame! Over the years, I had developed an unhealthy lifestyle and relationship with food. This seriously affected my health and I lived with constant pain in my legs due to the weight I had gained.
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This picture [above] was taken in January 2008. I stood in front of the mirror … I knew I had to change my life. It reminds me where I used to be and when I have days I struggle, it also reminds me how far I have come.
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I decided then that it was time to make a change. Joining a gym was my first positive decision. I started walking on the treadmill and as soon as I could run a 5 k on the treadmill, I went outdoors and started running on the road. I am very proud to say that I have since completed 44 full marathons in 34 countries, plus two Ultra marathon 50 km.
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Tee Morgan with adjudicator Samer Khallouf during a recent visit to the Dubai office

 
What motivated you to attempt this record?
 
When I was a child, my parents bought every copy of the Guinness World Records that was published. I remember saying to myself that one day that will be me. But as I got older and started fighting with my weight, I felt my dreams were far-fetched.  That was until I met Ziyad Rahim (Pakistan) who is now a multiple Guinness World Records title for his marathon running – this record was his idea.
Tell us a bit about your training regime and how you prepared for the record attempt
 
Training for a marathon is like taking on a second full time job. First of all I live in the Middle East where temperatures in the summer could be close to 50 degrees Celsius. And my terrain is really flat. So flying to Antarctica where you have temperatures of -22 degrees calculus or the North Pole of -42 degrees Celsius is different to say the least. I run 10 km, five days a week. I cross train a lot and do core work. I don’t run very fast as that isn’t one of my goals, but I put in the work. Honestly, I had no special training for this attempt.
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What was the most challenging part of your record attempt?
 
The most challenging part of this attempt was not getting enough sleep. We finished a race and flew over to the next race. I was so tired and extremely hungry. But the worst came when flying from New York City to South America as the airlines ran out of water. By the time we landed in South America we had two hours to check in to the hotel and get ready for the race again. My feet were twice their normal size and I was worried my shoes wouldn’t fit.
The North Pole Marathon is no easy feat as it is not run on land: it essentially run on frozen water.
What did it feel like to find out you had achieved a Guinness World Records title?
 
I got a notification on my phone and I was asked to log on to my page. My hands were shaking and I felt tears down my cheeks. This record means so much to me. My heath was really deteriorating and the doctors continuously told me I had to change my lifestyle. All I wanted was to lose weight but the more I pushed myself the more I wanted. Running the Seven continents twice and becoming the first Nigerian to run all Seven Continents and the North Pole to top it up with a GWR means so much. I am Officially Amazing!
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Are you planning to improve on the record, or perhaps attempt another title?
I fully intend to run hundreds marathons in lots of countries and continue to meet new people and inspire them. I know I want more Guinness World Records titles.
I want to attempt a record in cycling: Fastest journey from Land’s End to John-O’-Groats by bicycle (female) and one day Fastest circumnavigation by bicycle (female). That will require a lot of commitment and focus but am mentally preparing myself.
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Others may be inspired by your story to attempt a record for themselves. What advice would you give them?
I took on this challenge to make ordinary people believe that anything in life is possible. It’s better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all. The potential for greatness lives within each of us. Just be the best version of yourself.
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When she runs each marathon, Morgan raises funds for the National Black Marathoners Association – an organisation which encourages black youth to pursue track and field activities and awards scholarships to college students. She is also the co-founder of a group called Women Encouraging Women to live healthily. You can follow Morgan’s fitness journey on Facebook here.

ANNELIESE FERNANDES PINTO

Anneliese Fernandes Pinto, mãe de 4 filhos, tornou-se na primeira Mulher Portuguesa a entrar no “clube dos melhores do voo à vela”. A 13 de Outubro de 1974, bateu o recorde português de distância em planador (80kms Évora-Beja) e “conquistou o primeiro “C” de prata feminino atribuído em Portugal”.

“Autora de dezenas de artigos sob a rúbrica «Da Mulher e da Aviação», durante cerca de 10 anos, na «Revista do Ar» do AeCP”. Vd. curriculo no Aero Club de Portugal

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A excitação era grande. Todos se afadigavam em torno do primeiro planador a partir. Esqueceu-se o almoço e na larga frigideira da modesta “sala” dos pilotos de voo à vela ficou esquecida uma boa fritada de ovos com salsichas, que chiava alegremente num banho de margarina.

-Anneliese, pelo menos uma empada!

E foi com este mais que frugal repasto que Anneliese Fernandes Pinto se preparou para bater o recorde português de distância em planador e para conquistar brilhantemente o primeiro “C” de prata feminino atribuído em Portugal.

Enfiou-se dentro do espaçoso cockpit do Bergfalke e ajustou os cintos sobre um grosso e elegante casaco branco, seu companheiro de voo na Montanha Negra. Na cabeça, um chapéu vermelho bem enfiado até aos olhos. Como toque feminino, os cabelos loiros, amarrados com um gancho, espalhavam-se o arnês do pára-quedas.”

Artigo completo em Cavok.pt,  “Vôo à Vela“.

J.M. Sardinha. Revista do Ar. Aero Club de Portugal. Fotos, do arquivo pessoal de Duarte Fernandes Pinto.

Maria da Conceição

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Diz-se que o Acreditar move Montanhas. Diz-se que o Amor derruba barreiras e fronteiras. Diz-se que a Força de Vontade é demolidora e que a Necessidade torna-nos Fortes e Determinados.

Exemplo disso:

Maria da Conceição, fundadora da Fundação Maria Cristina

“eu corro para garantir o futuro das minhas 200 crianças”

 A primeira portuguesa a subir ao Everest.

Detentora de 3 records do Guinness, acumula quilómetros de amor no coração e milhas de determinação nas suas pernas.

Obrigada, Cristina, por nos inspirares.

Oceana Zarco

“Oceano Zarco, uma ciclista de Setúbal dos anos 20, foi uma das pioneiras do ciclismo feminino em Portugal, numa altura em que a expressão desportiva estava praticamente interdita às mulheres, o que serviu de inspiração à luta pela igualdade de género.

A ciclista, que conquistou vários prémios ao longo da carreira, tinha apenas 15 anos quando venceu a III Volta a Lisboa, em 1926. No ano seguinte, numa prova com homens, alcançou o primeiro lugar da I Volta ao Porto, apesar de desconhecer antecipadamente o percurso e a própria cidade.

A atleta envergou sempre as cores do Vitória de Setúbal, tendo abandonado a competição prematuramente, aos 17 anos, na sequência de uma intervenção cirúrgica”, in Noticias de Setúbal

Irmãs Cesina e Clara Bermudes

«Ora, ora! Então não se vê que ainda estamos enxutas!” (Cesina Bermudes)

As corridas femininas em Portugal foram impulsionadas pelas irmãs Cesina e Clara Bermudes, filhas do escritor (obras: “À Mulher Portuguesa”; “Sem armas no meio das feras”; “Aos meus irmãos comunistas”)  e dirigente do Benfica, Félix Bermudes, que fazia questão de incutir nas suas filhas o lema: “Mens sana in corpore sano»

Talvez a prova mais espectacular das duas irmãs Bermudes

A participação na I Volta a Lisboa em Bicicleta, em 12 de Outubro de 1924 (três anos antes da I Volta a Portugal), entre Xabregas e Algés, pela estrada da circunvalação, numa extensão calculada em 12 quilómetros.

Fontes:

Em defesa do Benfica 

Federação Portuguesa de Ciclismo