Running Pink Lady Tackling World Record

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 12, 2011

Deborah de Williams, second from right, is running around Australia to raise money for breast cancer research. Photo: Daily Mercury

She’s running around Australia to raise money for breast cancer research.

Ultra runner Deborah de Williams of Australia is known in her country as the “Running Pink Lady”. According to an article in the Daily Mercury, de Williams is already 13,000 kilometers (over 8,000 miles) into a run around the entire continent of Australia.

Why is she called the “Running Pink Lady” and what is she up to?

De Williams has been trying to raise $300,000 for breast cancer awareness. She is assisted by her parents, her husband Glyn, and her dog, Maggie. Maggie accompanies her on most runs. “Deborah’s dog Maggie runs beside her and is great company while she tackles the many ups and downs on the road to raising her target goal of $300,000 for cancer,” said Mackay Road Runners publicity officer Janelle Tilse. “Deborah is truly an inspiration in her bid to raise money and awareness of breast cancer.”

Deborah is blogging about her adventures on

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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