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Harriet prepares for her 34-mile ‘ultra marathon’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

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BRETBY woman Harriet Walsh has chosen a 34-mile ‘ultra marathon’ across unforgiving terrains as her latest challenge.

Super-fit Harriet, who was left disappointed after having to pull out of a skiing challenge across the South Pole due to a lack of funding, is currently in training for the ultra marathon on March 1.

The epic endurance challenge forms part of the coastal trail series of runs and will be held in Bamburgh, Northumberland.

The fastest time the endurance run has ever been completed in is four hours, 25 minutes and 58 seconds, with competitors facing the extra challenge of running over a terrain of dunes and sand.

With the event now just eight weeks away, Harriet, who works as a sales manager for Irwin Tools in Fradley, is in full training mode and is completing long runs around Burton four times a week.

This week alone she will cover 68 miles in preparation for the race. This will include 14 miles yesterday, 16 miles tomorrow, 18 miles on Friday and 20 miles on Sunday.

She said: “This week’s training is going to be brutal in this weather.

“I hope the wind is blowing the right way.”

Harriet, 35, regularly sets herself challenges and raises money for three charities – YMCA, Anthony Nolan, and Mountain Rescue Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Up until two months ago she was busy training for a 450-mile trek across the South Pole on skis, and was due to fly out at the start of December and spend Christmas there.

She even went to Iceland in September for a practice run to ensure she was up to the challenge. Her training sessions around Burton included pulling tyres and early morning runs.

Now she has put the disappointment of not going to the South Pole behind her and is taking on this new ‘ultra’ challenge.

Other challenges she has taken part in included a 190-mile bike ride to London last summer.

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