(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)

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Smiling six hit the 100-mile landmark
Daily Mail 07/03/03 by Cathy Wood

Competitors in the Flora 1000 Mile Challenge marched through their first major psychological barrier last night as they crossed the 100-mile point of their campaign.

The six were all smiles at the achievement, which came on day five of the 42-day event to run or walk one mile every hour for 1000 hours and then complete the Flora London Marathon.

Since the Challenge started, they've walked the marathon course three times, adapted to cramped living conditions on a converted bus, gone without a single night of unbroken sleep, endured makeshift meals, been drenched by rain and survived a sickness scare.

But there were other reasons to celebrate yesterday as the Challengers presented 39-year-old Sharon Gayter with a cake to celebrate her 11th wedding anniversary with husband Bill.

From tomorrow, each competitor will have access to daily physiotherapy and massage services.


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