Gayter faces toughest test yet
Darlington & Stockton Times 27/12/02
GUISBOROUGH'S British number one women's ultra marathon runner Sharon
Gayter faces her biggest challenge yet when she goes into unknown
territory in the Flora 1,000 Mile Challenge in the new year.
The 39-year-old super fit athlete has been pre-selected for the
epic event, which asks six competitors to run the 1,000 miles at
no more than one mile in every hour, spreading the race over six
It also means
Sharon's sleep pattern will be wrecked during the event, which is
being described as the toughest endurance race ever staged in this
Sharon, who has taken a year off work as a sports lecturer at Middlesbrough
College to train for the event, stressed: "I haven't a clue
if I will be able to deal with it."
The competitors will live in a London bus for the six weeks, where
they will eat, drink, shower and try to catch up on some sleep.
Sharon said: "I don't really know what to expect, or how I
will manage on the bus.
"The running won't be a problem; I run 20 miles a day anyhow.
But when you can only run one mile in every hour, it's going to
be difficult to fit your sleep around it."
Sharon could earn a maximum of £11,000 if she completes the
course and then finishes as first runner in the Flora London Marathon,
which concludes the 1,000-mile event on April 13.
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