'I'm glad it's over!'
Evening Gazette 15/04/03 by Eric Paylor
Sharon Gayter today revealed her "relief
and disappointment" as she concentrated on settling back to
normality following the Flora 1,000 Miles Challenge.
Guisborough ultra athlete had to settle for second place in the
gruelling Challenge, which involved running or walking 1,000 miles
in 1,000 hours, followed immediately by the London Marathon.
winner of the Challenge was the competitor who finished best in
the marathon, and Sharon had to settle for second place.
said: "I'm glad it's all over, but I'm really disappointed
I didn't win it. I
never enter anything looking for second best.
I did my best. My target for the marathon was three hours 40 minutes
and I did it in 3:34."
winner was Londoner Shona Crombie-Hicks, who came home in 3:08.
said: "We always knew that Shona was the fastest marathon runner
among us, but
she had been suffering from Achilles trouble and we wondered whether
this would affect her performance on the day.
Shona blasted away from the start and, all credit to her, she did
compensation for second place is a fee of £8,000, which will
kick off her battle to raise cash for a support van for future runs.
said: "To be honest the Challenge was much easier than I had
more difficult it was going to be, the more it would play into my
it was relatively easy to adapt, once I recovered from the asthma
which troubled me in the first two-and-a-half weeks."
added: "We were walking most of the miles early on, and I realised
that I was losing the strength in the muscles in my legs.
fact I didn't have half the strength in my legs that I really needed
for the marathon, so the time was very good under the circumstances."
Sharon do it all over again?
likely. I've no regrets, but it was a challenge and now I've done
look for a different challenge next time."
the problem for Sharon is to try to resume a normal life, and normal
said: "I thought I would sleep like a log when it was all over,
but in fact I've just tossed and turned.
take a while to get used to sleeping all night again."
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