Sharon goes for the 1,000
Northern Echo 18-01-03
ULTRA-DISTANCE star Sharon Gayter faces the biggest
test of her career when she attempts to run 1,000 miles in 1,000
The Flora 1000
Miles event starts on March 2 and the six participants, trying to
emulate the feat achieved nearly 200 years ago by Captain Barclay,
will finish off by running the Flora London Marathon.
competes for New Marske Harriers and is the UK 100km champion, has
recovered from a serious injury received when she was knocked off
her bike. She has already started training and the 39-year-old remedial
masseur will train in Australia, thanks to a new sponsorship deal,
sixth in the world over 24 hours, worked with Australian supermodel
Elle MacPherson in the North-East at the end of last year and now
the lingerie company, Elle MacPherson Intimates, has agreed to back
Gayter, who completed 50 events in nine months last year, knows
that the six weeks of the Flora 1000 Miles - participants will run
over the London Marathon course, sleeping in a converted bus - will
be her most demanding test ever.
a five-day trial over the holiday period and it was extremely hard,"
couple of days were very easy but then it just got harder and harder
and by the fourth day I was unable to run.
"I am used
to running lots of miles but this was just so different - there
is no time to recover and it is very monotonous. I was forever clock
watching and while the running was harder than I imagined the sleep
deprivation was not as hard as I thought."
Reg Vardy supplied
her with a van to travel to events, and she is hoping that the motor
dealers will extend the deal for another year.
* Morpeth Harriers
will be at full strength when they defend their senior men's title
in tomorrow's Durham Cathedral Relays.
will be represented by brothers Mark and Ian Hudspith and former
1500 metres specialist Tom Ranger.
which is staged along the banks of the River Wear, starts at 10.30am
and there will be three-leg races for senior men, women and veterans.
cross country champion Brian Rushworth, who has been out of action
for a year with an ankle injury, is expected to make his racing
debut as a 40-year-old veteran and could join Dave Robertson and
Jeff Laws in a powerful Sunderland Harriers team.
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