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Claire Cohen – Telegraph.co.uk – Thursday, 24 April 2014 (originally published  21 Apr)

The thrill-seeking women at the Night of Adventure event. Image: Jools Whitehorn

The thrill-seeking women at the Night of Adventure event. Image: Jools Whitehorn

It’s not every human being who could regain their composure after accidentally falling from a plane at 29,500ft above Mount Everest. But Holly Budge is not most people.

The 35 year old is a world record holder – two-times over. She completed the world’s longest horse race – 1,000km across the Mongolian desert – in just nine days, riding a one-eyed horse and living off mare’s milk (“it tasted liked cheese mixed with glue and horse sweat”). And she’s also the first woman to skydive over Everest (after forward momentum propelled her from the plane too early, she managed to fight the cloud cover and land safely).

Budge is just one of 10 courageous women gathered at the latest ‘Night of Adventure’ – a series of events running across the UK this year, designed to honour the most daring and thrill-seeking among us. The premise is simple: 10 speakers, 10 minutes each to tell tales of their exploits and raise money for the charity Hope and Homes for Children . . .

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