still top Brit
Evening Gazette 21/10/03
By Eric Paylor
runner Sharon Gayter has retained her title as British No 1 following
a strong run in the world 24-hour championships.
from Guisborough covered 205 kilometres in the gruelling event at
Uden in Holland.
It was Sharon's
third best distance over 24 hours and earned her 15th place overall.
She was also
the ninth European runner home.
"After all the problems I had in the build up, when UK athletics
were questioning my fitness, I can't grumble with 15th position.
that I wasn't in the best of conditions mentally, but it went reasonably
well until I died in the last three hours.
in tenth position at this stage, but I had to walk the last three
hours, which cost me another five places."
Even so, Sharon
had believed in advance of the race that she would finish in the
top ten by surpassing 200k.
She said: "The
quality was stunning. It's the highest quality field I have ever
"So I can't
complain too much - and I beat three of the four British men in
performance has assured her of a place in the world championships
next year, when they will be held in Appeldorn in Holland in May.
"Appeldorn is my favourite course and I'll be much stronger
next year, so I'm looking forward to it already!"
In the meantime,
Sharon is building up to another mammoth test.
to Taiwan in November to compete in the world 100k championships.
As she is 40
at the end of this month, she will also qualify for the veterans
event, which is held in conjunction with the main race.
"I'm just going there to enjoy it. It will be hard, but if
I can run a sub 9hr 30min race and finish in the top ten vets in
the world, then I'll be delighted."
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