Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sharon Builds Up for Stamina Tests

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sharon Builds Up for Stamina Tests

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Stamina marvel Sharon Gayter has started her build up to the combined world and European 24-hour championships in fine style.

The British international romped up and down the series of testing climbs to take first place in the women's race in the Hanging Stone Leap fell run.

This event, over 24 miles, was a gruelling affair, but Sharon did so well that she finished seventh overall.

The Guisborough athlete said: "It was red hot, but I really wanted to win it.

"There was a lot of climbing, up Captain Cook's, Roseberry Topping and Eston Nab and suchlike, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

"In fact four of the men were only three minutes in front of me."

Sharon is enjoying her running so much at the moment that she competed in three events last weekend.

She opened with the Langdale End fell run, but was in a group of 12 which took a wrong turning and ended up running much more than the set six miles.

There were more problems on Sunday - for all the runners - when the Darlington 10k was run in monsoon conditions. Sharon said: "The Langdale End race was run in thick fog, though that's not an excuse for getting lost.

"Then the Darlington race was run in a torrential downpour. The streets were like raging torrents.

"I couldn't see a thing on the first lap. It eased on the second lap but there was still a lot of water around.

"I ended up with a time of 46min 05sec, but the best thing was that I beat my husband Bill!"

Now Sharon is keeping busy by contesting the Snowdon Race the Train event this weekend.

The point of the exercise is to try to beat the tourist train to the top of the mountain.

Sharon said: "Apparently the train takes an hour and 40 minutes, so that's what you've got to beat.

"It's 14.8 miles to the top for the runners, and it's certainly something different. …

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