Keep on running - Marathon finale for top athlete
The Sunday Sun 13/04/03
Super-athlete Sharon Gayter will take today's
London Marathon in her stride . . . despite having just run 1000
miles in 1000 hours.
ultra-distance runner was expected to finish a six-week endurance
event this morning.
despite the distance she's already covered, she is confident she'll
manage the marathon in a time of three-and-a-half hours.
former bus driver said: "I'm raring to go. I am really excited
and psyched up for the marathon.
did an extra two-and-a-half hour run last week to practise my pace.
I have been running for six weeks it's only been a mile here and
there and a marathon is 26 consecutive miles.
be a challenge but I'm looking forward to it."
39, from Guisborough, Teesside, is one of six athletes who started
the 1000-mile event.
dropped out after a third of the distance.
runners' sleep patterns have been wrecked during the event, in which
they have to cover a mile every hour for 1000 consecutive hours.
said: "It is hard being woken up every hour, and sometimes
my feet have been sore and my asthma caused a problem, but it has
been easier than I imagined."
challenge is modelled on the one completed by Captain Robert Barclay
in 1809, regarded at the time as the greatest feat of human endurance
Barclay's diary described it as such a horrendous struggle and basically
pain, pain, pain," said Sharon. "But it hasn't really
the last few days Sharon and her fellow runners have been in London
in preparation for the marathon.
haven't had contact with the outside world for six weeks,"
she said. "That has been the hardest part.
you, I hate London.
can't wait to get home for some peace and quiet."
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