Sharon is a member of North York Moors AC and became a serious runner in 1994 when she completed her first 100km and 24 hour race, winning gold in the National Championships at both events, she is still the only person to take both titles in the same year.
Sharon has represented Great Britain for 18 years, on 27 occasions, winning several medals as well as further National Championship titles.
Towards the end of her international career Sharon progressed to longer and more extreme races. In 2011 she was ranked World Number 1 for 6 days on the road with her British Record of 750km, a race she won outright as the first person.
In the same year Sharon broke the Guinness World Record for the furthest distance run on a treadmill in 7 days. Her distance of 833km added over 100 miles (160km) to the existing female record and nearly 50 miles (80km) to the men’s record. It is rare that a female world record is better than the male world record in athletics!
In October 2016, Sharon had run 186 ultras, 114 marathons and 119 off-road races of near marathon distance, some 419 events of 24 miles or further.
Sharon has raced across deserts such as the Libyan Challenge, Ocean Floor Race and Badwater Ultra-marathon. She has done multi stage races such as Marathon des Sables, Grand to Grand Ultra, Fire and Ice 250km, Trans-Alpine from Germany to Austria, Switzerland and Italy, Verdon Canyon, Al-Andalus Ultra Trail and Trans-Slovenia (winter edition).
During this podcast, Sharon shares more about her early life, how she got into running, and how running has changed her life. She shares more about the planning and preparation that goes into a World Record challenge like JOGLE. Sharon is super down to earth and full of top tips and advice to motivate and inspire you!
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Being a runner for over 30 years
Representing GB for 18 years
Not being sporty or outdoorsy when she was growing up
How running the London Marathon changed her life
Leaving school at 16 and going straight to work
Going to University at 30 to get a degree in Sports Science
Going on to to her Masters
What she loves about running ultra races
Her favourite distance? 6 days!!
Milage per week and being self coached
Doing strength and conditioning as well
Race strategy and structure for running 822 miles!
The power of 3hr blocks and 30 min breaks
Training for 2 years for the WR
The importance of the team
What’s going through her head during each block
The 30 min routine
Let’s talk about feet!!
Managing the mental pain!
Handling the frustration of getting lost
How to handle sleep deprivation
The magical moment on the record run
Nutrition during ultra challenges
What keeps Sharon motivated
How her sports science background has helped her with running
How running ultra’s races has changed over the past 30 years
The bucket list races!
Injuries and injury prevention
Never being a sponsored athlete
Paying for everything herself
How to recover from big challenges
Publicity for the challenge
Has it sunk in yet?
Getting the running blues after doing a big race
Celebrating the success of the challenge
Advice and tips for women and girls who want to get into running
Quick Fire Questions
New World Record Chat!!!
Website - www.sharongayter.com
Book “The Clock Keeps Ticking” - buy here
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Amy Hughes - Running 521 Miles on a treadmill in a week!
November 3, 2016
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