The long, cold walk

In Feb 2011 I joined many friends on the start line of the Yukon Arctic Ultra – this time to attempt 300 miles to Pelly Crossing. I had trained hard, pulling tyres (to the amusement of local dog-walkers), running and walking. I’d had losts of excellent advice from friends, I had a race plan, I was raising money for the local Air Ambulance so I had a reason to finish this race and I was as ready as I would ever be.

Not on my plan was being pulled out at 175 miles by the medical team because I couldn’t stand up straight, far less walk!

But I was then absorbed into the support team, and went on to help at various checkpoints and to see my friend Marianne Heading become the first European woman to complete the 300 mile race.

I learned a lot about myself, God and winter racing. race-report-2011


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