Lara had just left school when she signed up for the Mongol Derby, a 1,000 kilometer race that involved riding 25 semi-wild horses through the Mongolian steppe for 7-10 days. Past competitors had incurred amputated thumbs and broken ribs; Lara’s expectations were not high. But against the odds, she won, becoming the first woman to do so, and the youngest competitor ever to complete the course.
Her book about the experience, Rough Magic, was published in June 2019 and was named one of the best memoirs of 2019 by The Telegraph.
Lara studied History & Philosophy at Stanford University, alongside learning German, Arabic, and Farsi, which she studied in Isfahan, Iran.
In speaking Lara hopes to dissolve boundaries and make audiences feel anything is possible.
"Terrific! Witty, honest and so inspiring"– Emily Hedgecoe
"Both young and old were captivated by her enthusiasm, wonderful photos, candor and hilarious sense of humour"– Judy Hyson, Royal Artillery DC.
"An enthralling and inspiring account of an amazing adventure"– Julia Lloyd George
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