(C) Jeremy Hemming, press conference for Flora 1000 Mile Challenge at the Tower, London (November 2002)
(C) Jeremy Hemming, press conference for Flora 1000 Mile Challenge at the Tower, London (November 2002)

 


Sharon nears 900 mile barrier
Evening Gazette 08/04/03 By Eric Paylor

Sharon Gayter is finally within sight of the finishing straight in the gruelling Flora 1000 Miles Challenge.

The Guisborough ultra runner has just over 100 more miles to complete in the sleep deprived event.

Sharon and her four remaining competitors are running 1000 miles at no more than one mile an hour, which restricts them to a maximum of 90 minutes sleep at any one time.

To make matters worse, when the event ends late on Friday, Sharon must then prepare to compete in Sunday's London Marathon!

Sharon revealed: "I'm still feeling good and maintaining a consistent sleep pattern, getting five to six hours every night spread over 12 hours.

"Eating is still a problem. I had to make do with a fast food takeaway burger for lunch yesterday because I was at Pennyfields in the middle of a dual carriageway."

Another problem is that the five competitors are not getting on too well together, living and sleeping in the same London bus.

Sharon said: "There is a lack of communication on the event bus but we are all getting on with it."

Sharon is focussing on the marathon itself now but is also looking forward to the 900 miles mark, in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

She added: "When I get to 900 it will be a big morale boost."

Sharon will be running the London Marathon in an official kit consisting of a white top and royal blue shorts - so keep an eye out for her during the TV coverage on Sunday.

 

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