to sharongayter.com !
I hope you find this website useful to keep up to date with my progress
and race results and learn more about ultra distance running. I
have been an international runner since 1994 and am a member of
North York Moors AC.
I have represented
my country on at least 25 occasions since 1994 at both 100km and
24 hour events and have won several medals at international level
as well as many National Championship titles.
In 2011 I was ranked World Number 1 for 6 days with my British Record for 6 days on the road in Athens. This was a good year; also being the fastest British athlete to run the De Zestig van Texel 120km race in Holland (2 weeks after Athens I might add!). I also ran the world's highest race, The High, and reduced the outright course record by 11 hours. This was definitely the toughest race of my career for extreme races: hot, cold, hilly are easy compared to altitude. My year finished by going nowhere at Teesside University where I ran on the treadmill for 7 days to do some research (I work at Teesside University as a Sport Scientist), raise money for my chosen charities - oh, and break the record for the furthest distance run in a week, 832km. Ok, I did smash it by nearly 50 miles compared to the men's record and over a 100 miles compared to the female record.
I have run over
24,000 miles of racing, over 1140 races, over 300 marathons and
over 150 ultras, many of these are abroad and many of these are
extreme or unique races. I have completed things like the Flora
1000 Mile Challenge that took nearly 6 weeks to finish, doing just
1 mile every hour for 1000 hours (up and down the London Marathon
route 38 times!). I took over 17 hours from the world record running
from Land's End to John O'Groats, over 21 hours from the world record
running the length of Ireland (Mizen Head to Malin Head) and added
over 100 miles to the female world record for 7 days on a treadmill
and over 50 miles to the outright (men's) world record. I have run
high alpine paths in the Transalpine Race from Germany to Austria,
Switzerland and finishing in Italy. I have run the Moravian UItra
Marathon, 7 marathons in 7 days. I have run hot races such as Libyan
Challenge and Ocean Floor race. I have run stage races such at Grand
to Grand Ultra, Al Andalus Ultra Trail, Verdon Canyon and Marathon
Des Sables. I have run the Badwater Ultramarathon of 135 miles across
Death Valley, billed as the hottest race on earth and set the fastest
time by any British athlete, male or female. I have run cold races
such as Winter Trans-Slovenia in snow and -12°C, ran altitudes up
to 18,000ft (The High) and around Islands (De Zestig Van Texel),
rain in circles on indoor tracks (Bislett) and set multiple world,
veteran, and British records.
I have achieved
much in my career which had been detailed in my book "The Clock
Keeps Ticking", with much detail on my world record LEJOG.
This was written on request of the many people that support me and
follow my progress and would like to know more. I have already had
staggering reports from those that have read it - inspiring, motivating,
funny, sad, personal. Many who have read my reports say it feels
like there are there an running it with me, so here is my life story,
from a chapter on my life as a child, that may well have driven
me to want to inflict pain on myself, to my humble beginnings as
a marathon runner, my quest to run further into the unknown, from
a bus driver to a university lecturer, from a fun runner to a world
record holder and Commonwealth Champion and more. You won't have
read anything like this in your life, but then that is why, because
it is my life, lived the way I chose to live it. You can purchase
my book from this website
– personally signed!
I am a frequent
racer, in 2011 I raced 2117 miles during 87 races, that averages
40 miles of racing per week, training will be far more! There are
many more races I have yet to experience and several more world
records I would like to attempt. For 2013 I am competing in Hungary
to upgrade my British record to the world record, the extreme one
is running Fire and Ice in Iceland - volcanoes and glaciers. So
do keep watching and supporting and do let me know what you think
to my book! (Sharon@sharongayter.com).
I am also on Facebook
and twitter if you want snippets of what I am up to.
April 2014 news
Olympic Torch relay photos
E2E Ireland - New record!
Treadmill 7 days - 2 NEW WORLD RECORDS!
:: Athens 7 day race
NEW British Record
now available to buy online. More
Libya run preparation 2008
out who my current sponsors are and how to become one.