Woman runs across New Zealand in 21 days

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A British woman has broken a world record after she ran the length of New Zealand in 21 days.

37-year-old Emma Timmis, living in New Zealand, started running Dec. 18 in Cape Reinga and completed her journey 1,300 miles later on last Friday when she crossed the finish line in Bluffs.

Timmis’ official time has not been released, but by finishing her run in under 21 days, she beat Welsh runner Menna Evans’ Guinness World Record of 35 days and 27 minutes by more than two weeks.

She began planning her “Altumate Challenge” run four years ago, but was delayed by a lower leg injury. Her run raised money for mental illness charities Youthline in New Zealand and Young Minds in Britain.

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