Lands End to John O Groats - World Record Attempt
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Evening Gazette, 20 Sept 2006
claims world record
By Mike Amos of the Northern Echo, 15 Sept 2006
on top of the world
Northern Echo, 16th September 2006
real close-knit finale for record breaker Sharon
By Mike Amos of the Northern Echo, 19 Sept 2006
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won't stop Sharon
Gutsy Sharon Gayter is still on track
to break a world record.
still in sight
A determined runner is taking her bid to smash a world record in
Sharon on record target
Runner Sharon Gayter was joined by MP David Davies in her record-breaking
attempt at running the length ...
her marks - First leg of record run under way
A Teesside woman today set off on her record-breaking attempt to
run from Land's End to John O'Groats.
in bid to set record
A Teesside action woman goes under starter's orders tomorrow when
she begins a bid to smash a world ...
world record bid to run length of the country in...12 days
than just a marathon run
Record and dates
is held by Sandra Brown 13 days, 10 hours 1 minute in 1995.
My plan is to
start at 7am on 3rd Sept 2006 and aim to break 12 days by running
between 65 and 85 miles per day. I will start the remaining days
at 6am as darkness is setting in earlier than expected, will then
be able to run third block in daylight and only have last block
The plan is
to run in 4 blocks of 4 hours per day as follows:
- 06:00 run
- 10:00 break
for 1 hour
- 11:00 run
- 15:00 break
for 1 hour
- 16:00 run
- 20:00 break
for 1 hour
- 21:00 run
- 01:00 sleep
on the trial this system worked incredibly well. It is worth noting
that after the first day when stiffness sets in I will have to walk
the first half an hour to get the legs moving and warmed up and
then should be able to run again. On the last section of the day
I will walk at least the last half an hour to slow the heart rate
down in order to try to sleep. On the very last day of the event
it is likely that I will run through the entire night!!
I have personally
done a recce of the entire route and detailed maps of 1:25000 have
been compiled with narrative description of the route including parking
areas. The roads are easy, the towns/cities will be where the difficulty
lies, our trial took us through Edinburgh, which is the biggest city
we have to navigate, this went very well but is a big section and
the vans are not worth travelling with and will go around the city
bypass and cross the Forth Bridge for reconciliation.
The plan is
to run with one supporter following me on a bike. Camper van will
be close by but not directly following, leapfrogging a couple of
miles at a time to avoid being hit from behind, the second camper
van will go approximately 15-20 miles ahead (per 4 hour running
distance as detailed in planning) with shopping/cooking duties to
prepare food for Sharon and entire support crew on taking an hours
I will not go
ahead of schedule but may fall behind when plans will have to be
- 2 camper
vans, 1 for Sharon and Bill, the second for the support crew,
shower and toilet required in camper van.
- Food for
Sharon and support crew.
- Sharon will
wear a fluorescent yellow reflective gillet that can be worn over
any kit, three of the four running sessions will be run in daylight,
the fourth session will hopefully be quiet due to the time, all
crew will be supplied with similar fluorescent yellow reflective
gillet to be worn over kit when on cycle.
- Two bikes,
one in case of puncture or problem.
- Gel seat
provided for bike and also bag/basket for drinks to be carried.
charity is Asthma UK, as I never get through a whole year without
dropping out of races due to my asthma. This is a condition that
affects 1 in 5 households and 5.2 million people suffer with this
condition. All donations will be going to the nominated charity,
sponsor forms will be available on my website, money buckets will
be carried on the event and various people contacted by Asthma UK
will run a block with Sharon. Willie Rennie will be running through
his consituency just north of Edinburgh, he is also asthmatic and
a runner. You can sponsor Sharon now by going online at:
the money raised by this event will be going to charity (Asthma
UK), there are various sponsors that are providing help with the
costs of the challenge.
from EIM tailor made hedge funds portfolios (better known as father
of Elle MacPherson’s two sons) is covering the biggest expense
of hiring the motor-homes with food, fuel and kit adding to the
been an ongoing sponsor of Sharon’s since 2000 supplying nutritional
supplements. Sharon will be taking most of the products this company
supplies such as the Catalyst (vitamin and mineral supplement),
Ambrotose AO (an antioxidant formula to neutralise free radicals
and toxins), Ambrotose (to help the immune system), Sport (herbal
supplement that aids stiffness), Empact (sports drink) and Glycoslim,
which will be the most vital element of this event. This is a milkshake
that is a replacement meal, I always use this as a recovery drink
after events and during this years World 24 Hours in Taiwan. Eating
on the run is extremely difficult, too many sports drinks are too
acidic for my stomach, but this is the perfect solution, I will
probably drink around 8 portions of this per day.
Asics have provided
superb kit and shoes for Sharon to wear, I am a big fan of Asics
and wore their shoes in this years World 24 Hours in Taiwan. They
have provided two sizes of shoes (Kayano) as my feet will expand
during this challenge!!
from this company has already donated boil in the bag foods that
we used on the trial and will be used for both myself and the crew
on the event. Keeping energy levels up is vital for this challenge
and cooking and eating while on the move is a challenge in itself.
They do a lot more than just boil in the bag foods to, so take a
look at the website.
have provided sports drinks and energy bars to fuel the crew on
their long bike rides as well as Sharon.
In order for this record attempt to be recognised
there are procedures that have to be followed for verification,
part of this involves getting independent people in the street to
sign and verify they have seen me at a certain place with time and
dates and a very detailed log book must be kept. It is hoped that
the mayor of Penzance, Councillor Dennis Axford will start the event
and Councillor John Green has the hard task of tracking me to the
finish line, which may happen at a very unsocial hour, so my thanks
go out to him.
There has been
masses of publicity that I am finding hard to keep up to date with,
my local Evening Gazette have been hard at work and are hoping to
do regular updates during the event. Mike Amos done his usual fantastic
report in the Northern Echo and even hopes to be at John O’Groats
for the finish.
did a superb report on ITV Tyne Tees and will also do a follow up
programme. Various other media have been in contact, far too many
to detail here and currently ongoing, Tanni Grey-Thompson being
a great help here (Tanni and Ian are also hoping to join us on the
event at some stage). Vicky Shepherd or Ella Towers will update
my website daily, Bill to make contact daily between 20:00 and 21:00.
- Bill Gayter,
- Alan Young,
sponsor and supporter of several runners (www.dionnetworks.com).
- Ivor Roberts,
a great runner and friend of many year.
- Andy and
Ramona Thevenet-Smith, giving up their holidays to help make my
dream come true.
- Dave Nicholson,
neighbour of Alan, not sure he knows what he has volunteered for!
- Murdo McEwan,
great ultra-runner to finish the event with.
- Tony, Ann
and Andrew Tansley, who look after my energetic dogs Walnut and
- Ella Towers
and Vicky Shepherd for spending so much time designing and updating
my website to keep you all informed of my progress!!
- Denise, Martin, Matthew and Sarah, who look after
my energetic dogs Walnut and Bouncer and give them plenty of cuddles.
Crossing the Forth Road Bridge on the LEJOG Trial