Sharon steps up the pace for Euro glory
Evening Gazette 05/09/02 By Eric Paylor
Sharon Gayter has left no stone unturned in the battle
to ensure that her stamina levels are high for this weekend's European
24 Hours Championships.
Guisborough athlete has competed in no less than 50 competitive
races this year - and treated virtually every one as a training
she is as fit as she has ever been for her bid to win her first
Euro 24 Hour medal at Gravigny in France.
revealed: "I haven't taken part in a major race since May,
but I've been pretty busy.
been competing every single weekend this year and run as many races
as I could find.
would have preferred a major race as a warm-up, but I couldn't find
a 100k race or a 12-hour run anywhere in Europe.
were events planned for Sheffield and Edinburgh, but they were both
the longest spell of training I have ever done - but I've trained
while I have been racing."
has competed in 21 races in the past 11 weeks - including eight
runs marathons for fun, while experienced marathon runners take
part in only two or three a year!
Sharon races to win. In fact she was first woman home in five of
the marathons, and second in another two.
month she finished second overall in the Lyke Wake Race, being beaten
only by one male competitor.
even extends her prowess to walking events - having recently been
first woman finisher in the Saltburn Victorian Walk race.
everything is ready for Sharon's tilt at the Euro title.
said: "It's going to be tough because there are four or five
really top runners.
am ranked No.2 in the world. So I am confident that I have the ability
to win a medal.
"I am as
fit as I can be and, although I will be a little nervous before
the start, I am as confident as I can be."
is the only British woman selected to run in the 24-hour event,
completed her build up by running in New Marske Harriers' Autumn
Coast Road run on Tuesday.
And she has
already completed her plans for the big race.
She said: "I
am very controlled and I don't expect the race to start until after
the first 16 hours.
set a target of 100k in nine hours and hopefully around 170k at
eight hours can be really tough because you need to change your
kit, you've got to eat and drink, and you tend to lose more time
than earlier in the race.
am determined to try to break my PB, which is 217.5k. If I can do
that then I should be among the medals."
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