Flora 1,000-mile Challenge: Strain starting to tell
Daily Telegraph 07/03/03 By By Gareth A Davies
The six competitors attempting to complete the Flora
1,000-mile Challenge - one mile every hour, day and night, for 1,000
hours - reached the 100-mile mark yesterday evening, but within
the camp there is already the feeling that it will take a monumental
effort for any of them to finish.
race will end on Blackheath Common at 8am on Sunday April 13, when
the six, Paul Selby, David Lake, Lloyd Scott, Rory Coleman, Sharon
Gayter and Shona Crombie-Hicks, if they are still standing, will
attempt to complete the Flora London Marathon. Medical experts have
predicted the strain of running a mile every hour will cause delusion
and mental exhaustion, mainly through sleep deprivation. It already
appears that Selby will be proved correct in his prediction that
the competitors will drop out one by one.
So far, the
two female competitors have proved quicker and more adaptable through
the twilight hours, although Gayter, ranked England women's No 1
ultra-distance runner since 1994, set off in the wrong direction
at 5.45 on Wednesday morning on Blackheath Common, which would have
brought her disqualification had it not been for an alert early
morning dog-walker informing her that he had seen a group of people
in bibs heading in the opposite direction.
have been kept up by favourite eating spots, such as a pie-and-mash
shop near the Cutty Sark, which they pass with regularity every
26 hours. The runners were visited on Shrove Tuesday by a chef who
will toss pancakes for the length of the Flora London Marathon,
and on Monday, EastEnders actress Lucy Benjamin, who is running
the marathon, will join them for one mile.
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