Sharon on a walk back to happiness
Evening Gazette 12/04/02 By
Great Britain international Sharon Gayter has been walking - to
improve her running.
The Guisborough ultra runner has been competing in race walking
events to strengthen the ankle which she injured in a road accident
two years ago.
Now she aims
to prove that she has made a full recovery from the injury when
competing in a 24-hour race in Holland next month.
up the injury two years ago, when the motorbike she was riding was
in a collision with a car.
She said: "I
had a lot of problems with my ankle after the accident and was forced
to drop out of a couple of races.
every athletics technique possible to try to solve the problem,
including competing in an ironman competition where I was cycling
I tried race walking, and, even though I don't agree with the principles
of the sport, it was perfect for my ankle.
am gradually working my way back to peak fitness again and looking
forward to trying to win a place in the team for the world 24 hours
championships this year.
who runs for New Marske Harriers, plans to prove her fitness to
the national selectors in a 24 hour race in Apeldoorn in Holland
She said: "I've
already achieved the selection criteria of 190k at a race in France
in November, but because of my ankle problems I need to prove my
not be a problem in Holland. I've been there twice before and it's
an excellent course.
warmed up for her Dutch trip by putting in an excellent performance
at the UK 100km Championships in Gloucestershire.
She was seventh
overall in 8hr 53min 17sec, well outside her PB of 8:12, but much
better than her recent run of 9:11.
She said: "I
was very pleased with the run and with the direction I am heading.
have tried to qualify for the British 100k team but I wasn't really
interested, especially as I don't like the world championships course
at 24 hours anyway, so that remains my major target."Sharon
featured consistently in the world's top ten 24 hour runners until
Now she is making
huge strides towards regaining her place at the top.
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