2 April 2003
Sharon Gayter reaches the three-quarters mark of the gruelling Flora
1000 Miles Challenge at one o'clock tomorrow morning.
another psychological milestone as she battles to cope with sleep
deprivation while completing one mile an hour, every hour, for six
Sharon ran six
of the miles yesterday and was intending to run more today. The
event culminates when the five remaining competitors will run in
the London Marathon on Sunday week.
31st March 2003
Stamina star Sharon Gayter has switched from walking to running
as she approaches the 700 miles mark in the Flora 1000 Miles Challenge
"I'm running as many miles as possible now to tone up for the
London Marathon, which follows the 1000 miles event.
the miles is quite hard as the traffic is very busy and the drivers
do not give way to pedestrians."
Sharon has been
wearing a face mask to counteract her asthma and this has proved
ultra athlete is still going strong and is confident of completing
the gruelling six weeks event, which reaches its conclusion at the
end of next week.
She said: "Every
day is much the same. It was only the lack of traffic that made
me realise it was a weekend."
Teesside's Sharon Gayter has been wearing a face mask to combat
traffic fumes as she reaches the 600-miles mark in the Flora 1000
Miles Challenge this evening.
runner has been suffering from asthma, but has got the problem under
control thanks to the effects of the mask.
"The persistent cough has calmed down and now hopefully my
asthma will allow me to start running more of the miles.
to build up to about ten miles running a day to prepare for the
London Marathon at the end of the Challenge.
taper down in the final week to a rest day on the Saturday."
Sharon has lost
a little fitness having walked most of the miles, but doesn't think
it will take long to recover after the Challenge is finished.
The New Marske
Harrier is one of five remaining sleep-deprived athletes who are
running or walking one mile an hour, every hour, for 1000 miles
around the streets of London.
An attack of asthma is posing a threat to Sharon Gayter's bid to complete
the Flora 1000 Miles Challenge.
ultra runner, who was approaching 575 miles this afternoon, is awaiting
She said: "I
need the asthma to settle down and will start running next week.
"I am awaiting
stronger medication at moment and will be getting a face mask to
help combat the pollution issue."
She added: "I
am finding more time to rest during the day and am doing more reading
now which is very relaxing.
"I am pleased
to be over the 500 mile hurdle. The event does feel like its been
going on for a long time, and although I enjoy the days the nights
have become a bit of a chore knowing I will be woken up so much.
I am still sleeping well and am not tired at all during the day.
I have lost about 2kg in weight, partly due to not having time for
a proper evening meal after the drugs test and medicals which took
up two rest periods in the evening, while coughing has not helped."
Sharon Gayter has a new helper as she makes inroads into the second
half of the gruelling Flora 1,000 Miles Challenge.
runner is being helped on the night shift by Nannette Cross, who
has replaced Mike Harper from New Marske Harriers.
was a chance that Nannette might not be allowed to assist.
"I nearly had to call in one of my reserves as Nannette had
come down with a cold last Wednesday.
a cold on this event is a major issue as the doctors are scared
that there would be an epidemic as we are all living in close quarters.
is allowed on the bus with a cold and even if one of the competitors
comes down with a cold they will be removed from the event to prevent
Nannette is fine now, and Sharon is enjoying this stage of the event,
especially following the mildest night so far.
Teesside ultra-distance runner Sharon Gayter has reached the halfway
point in her quest to complete the gruelling Flora 1,000 mile Challenge.
Sharon and the
other four competitors walked the 500th mile together and then enjoyed
a celebratory glass of champagne.
has another three weeks to go but is being spurred on by all the
messages of support arriving daily from Teesside.
a card from everyone at Redcar Running Club with over 20 names signed
on it and she also got a card from one of her neighbours.
send Sharon a letter to:
Room 112, Travel Inn, 159 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 3LP.
Nerves are jangling as the five remaining competitors reached the
three-eighths stage of the Flora 1000 Miles Challenge in London today,
writes ERIC PAYLOR.
Sharon Gayter has received complaints from her rivals over the amount
of space that her footspa takes up on the team bus.
Now, she must
use it either outside or in the tiny helpers' area at the front
of the bus.
has asked for the bus engine to be turned off during the day as
well as at night so he can get some extra sleep.
This would mean
the bus being without power, effectively disabling the kettle, microwave,
toaster, laptop computers and television.
At a team meeting
it was decided that each time Rory wants a no-power situation he
must have the agreement of all the other competitors.
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