Heather’s testing Transe Gaule challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:28 14 September 2011

Heather at the finish

Heather at the finish

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Heather Foundling-Hawker has just returned from the Transe- Gaule endurance run, which covers 1150km, crossing France from Roscoff in the North to Grussan Plage in the south.

And in two week’s time she will be heading to Llandudno for the Commonwealth Games 1000km race.

The Transe-Gaule proved an endurance event in every way, runners rising at 5am, packing up camp and running as drawn broke, while enduring the sports hall sleeping facilities.

“Ensuring your personal space, next to someone who snored, was no mean feat, but I did see France, though, from Roscoff, Brittany, down though Loire valley, Limoges, Midi Pyrenees to the Mediterranean a truly memorable holiday albeit with tired, achy knees. Everyone had injuries as joints seized up without adequate rest or comfort,” she added.

Heather’s next feat is to compete for England on September 23, in the 24-hour event in the Commonwealth Games Llandudno, North Wales.

To secure her place at the world championships in Italy next year, Heather has to run a minimum of 126 miles non stop (on a 1000m road track) within 24hrs, hopefully, reaching her target of an individual medal as the sun rises.

Heather is pictured at the Trans Gaule finish.


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