Former army major Sally Orange to run Everest Marathon dressed as lemon | UK News

A former military officer who has completed a marathon on each continent while dressed as various fruits or vegetables is gearing up to participate in the world’s highest marathon donning a lemon outfit. Sally Orange, a former major who was stationed in Afghanistan, is currently in Nepal preparing for the Everest Marathon, which commences at the Mount Everest base camp, to promote mental health awareness.
The 50-year-old runs attired as different fruits due to her surname, Orange. However, she explained that her costumes also facilitate discussions and help break the stigma related to mental health.

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Ms Orange, a previous military physiotherapist from Salisbury, stated: “At the onset of the race it’s going to be exceedingly icy and snowy, so I thought I’d be ice and a slice with the lemon.” The primary difficulty she expects for the marathon is the high altitude. She commented: “I plan on focusing on my breathing and will utilize some of the therapy techniques I’ve learned previously. Similar to mental health, it’s about allowing yourself to breathe, settle, and then commence again.”

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Ms Orange has previously visited Everest base camp during her 22-year tenure in the military.
She mentioned: “I have a comprehension of trekking to base camp and the duration it takes to reach there, but that was about 14 years ago.” She is raising funds for the Samaritans and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 MONDAY MAY 27 Undated handout photo of Sally Orange who is preparing to run the world's highest marathon dressed as a lemon. The 50-year-old is taking on the international high altitude sports event, the Everest Marathon, on May 29. Issue date: Monday May 27, 2024.

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Ms Orange holds numerous Guinness world records, has completed over 80 marathons, participated in eight full Ironman triathlons, and was honored as an MBE in the King’s first Birthday Honours List in 2023. Speaking about her own mental health challenges, Ms Orange shared: “I’ve struggled significantly with my mental health, with bouts of depression and anxiety, and it reached a stage where I contemplated ending my life. I don’t want anyone else to reach that point, which is why I aim to ensure others receive help sooner than I did. Managing your mental health or tackling a challenge means acknowledging that it doesn’t happen instantaneously. It’s about setting a goal and breaking that goal into smaller steps. It doesn’t have to be Everest; for some, that would be the worst, but it’s about discovering what their Everest is.”

EMBARGOED TO 0001 MONDAY MAY 27 Undated handout photo of Sally Orange who is preparing to run the world's highest marathon dressed as a lemon. The 50-year-old is taking on the international high altitude sports event, the Everest Marathon, on May 29. Issue date: Monday May 27, 2024.

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Read more: Bruce Springsteen cancels shows More than 2,000 perish in PNG landslide Greed could impact players, Gareth Bale says She aims to motivate people to embrace new challenges and not fear finishing last. “Many express that their greatest apprehension in taking on a challenge is finishing last, but when I address children in schools, I mention if you come last, you receive the loudest applause,” said Ms Orange. After exiting the army due to medical reasons in 2010, she has raised nearly £1m for charity, the Women Of The Year website stated.

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can contact Samaritans for assistance at 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK. In the US, contact the Samaritans branch in your region or call 1 (800) 273-TALK

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