(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)

 


Going is good for ultra athlete Sharon
Evening Gazette 14/03/03 By Eric Paylor

Sharon Gayter has managed to fit in a trip to a whirlpool bath as she continues her battle of endurance in the Flora 1,000 Miles Challenge.

The Guisborough ultra-athlete is still bearing up well as the gruelling London-based event moves towards the end of week two.

All the athletes have also had a stringent medical check after completing 250 miles.

Sharon said: "Our state of health is being closely monitored, but this is our major medical since the start of the challenge.

"Further checks are planned for the 500, 750 and 1,000 mile points."

Sharon says that day three was the worst for her out of their first ten days

She said: "I am actually finding the challenge easier than the five-day trial I did at home between Christmas and New Year.

"But getting up is easier than at home. Here you are gently eased from your sleep by someone opening the curtains or making some noise.

"At home it was an alarm clock and I found it much harder to get up for the night time miles than I am now."

Sharon is enjoying a new foot spa and says its as much a psychological advantage as a physical one.

She is still waiting the arrival of the remainder of her kit, and is currently without waterproof trousers and thermal clothing for the colder weather.

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