Sharon is all set for 1,000 mile challenge
Evening Gazette 13/11/02 By
Teesside's Sharon Gayter, Britain's No.1 women's ultra-distance
runner, goes into unknown territory in the Flora 1,000 Mile Challenge
Guisborough 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 weeks.
means Sharon's sleep patterns will be wrecked during the event -
which is being described as the toughest endurance race ever staged
in this country.
has taken a year off from her work as a sports science lecturer
at Middlesbrough College in order to build up to the event, stressed:
"I haven't got a clue if I will be able to deal with it."
Sharon and her
race-mates, who are still to be selected, will live in a London
bus for the six weeks, where they will eat and drink, shower, and
try to grab snatches of sleep.
She said: "I
really don't know what to expect, nor how I will manage on the bus.
won't be a problem. I run 20 miles a day anyway.
you can run only one mile in every hour, it's going to be difficult
to fit your sleep around it.
run your mile at the end of one hour, and then the next mile back
to back at the start of the next hour, but the most sleep you will
get will be one and a half hours at any one time.
have to contend with the other people on the bus running up and
down the stairs, having showers and cooking food."
There's a big
financial inducement for Sharon. She 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 miles event
on April 13.
But it's going
to be mighty tough.
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