CHALLENGE OF A LIFETIME
Extreme adventure taught Abi a valuable lesson.
LIFE is full of ups and downs. But since Abi Longhurst returned from the harsh Namibian wilderness, she no longer views that as a bad thing. Nor does she waste valuable effort fretting about what could go wrong. Instead, she has learned to embrace both, thanks to INEOS’ unique IN-NAM desert challenge.
The 320km bike, run and hike through the Namibian desert is billed by INEOS as a life-changing adventure – and the difference it has made to Abi’s life is testament to that.
“The lows made the highs all that more special,” she said. ”For me, IN-NAM was just the beginning. I am now looking forward to more challenges and the highs – and lows – that come with them. The extremes are what make life more engaging and exciting.”
Abi, who is 31, is a process engineer in the asset team supporting the Kinneil Terminal in Grangemouth, Scotland.
The team ensures the plant continues to operate efficiently and safely.
The IN-NAM challenge was launched in 2017.
Each spring INEOS’ third year graduates are offered the chance to find their limits and smash them.
The company believes that by doing that, they will achieve their true potential. It’s all about mindset.
“It is a real test of character and a real adventure,” said Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe. “It is something very, very different and INEOS is sort of different. We need people in our company who have got a bit of grit and determination and a bit of character.”
Abi will never forget the six days she spent running, hiking and biking across the world’s oldest desert, nor the feeling of watching the sun rise as she stood on the 8,442ft summit of the Brandberg – Namibia’s highest mountain.
“That moment alone made all the lows training through cold Scottish winters, worthwhile,” she said.
It has changed her life.
“The challenge has left me with a great “why not?” attitude,” said Abi, who is now an ambassador for other graduates wanting to follow in her footsteps.
“I have realised you don’t have to be the fittest or the fastest to take on a physical challenge, and marathons aren’t just reserved for elite athletes.
“I have just completed my sixth marathon, having never run any before the IN-NAM challenge. I have proven that my body can do hard things, and I look forward to pushing my limits further.”