(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)

 


Runner on course for epic event
Sunday Sun 30/03/03

North super athlete Sharon Gayter has passed the halfway mark in her epic challenge to run 1000 miles in 1000 days.

The 39-year-old long-distance runner has now completed over 600 miles of the ultra-tough event.

And on her website, Sharon, who is asthmatic, revealed how she was coping with the six-week long slog.

She wrote last week: "521 miles now done. Was a lot milder last night which helped my breathing and am thinking of getting a face mask to combat the car exhaust fumes.

"We had champagne and cake at the 500 mile mark followed by a meal.

"It was a busy day all round with medicals and drug testing taking up most of our time, but it was a good landmark to reach."

Former bus driver Sharon, who competes for Teesside's New Marske Harriers, started the Flora 1000 Miles event on March 2 along with five other competitors, and will finish the challenge by running the London Marathon.

They are snatching what sleep they can in a converted London bus which is following their progress.

Sharon wrote yesterday: "Looking forward to a roast beef dinner on my return."

You can catch up on how Sharon is doing on www.1000milechallenge.com.


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