Heather wins GB ultra trial despite no run training

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:56 15 June 2010

Heather Foundling Hawker

Heather Foundling Hawker

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Heather Foundling Hawker defied the odds on Sunday by winning the 50k British Road Race Championships at Boddington, Gloucester.

Heather Foundling Hawker defied the odds on Sunday by winning the 50k British Road Race Championships at Boddington, Gloucester. Heather has been more or less out of action for the past 18 months with a catalogue of injuries which could have kept her away from the sport for good. She jogged around the Exmoor Stagger race in October to see if her legs would hold out and was astounded to come away from that race as a winner, despite not having put on a pair of training shoes for over a year. Since then she has done a lot of swimming and just one two hour session on a treadmill last week. So to come home the winner in the British trial was far beyond her expectations and has set her an interesting dilemma on where to go from here. Heather's time through 20 miles was 2.18 hours with the marathon passing in 2.59 and the 50k finish in 3.41 - that's just 11 minutes slower than her best ever performance for the distance. As a result, Heather has qualified to compete in the 100k Anglo Celtic Plate on March 28, a home countries' international between Ireland, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. She also qualifies for the 100km World Cup and 100km European Championship in June in Belgium. But there is another race which is also in her sights which may see her a Commonwealth Champion in the first ever Ultra-distance and Mountain Running Commonwealth Championship. The events are fully supported by the IAAF and are to be held in September in Keswick. Her final qualification is for the IAU Trophy race in Gibraltar in November. Heather has now to ponder whether to train on the roads for these events or to just keep swimming to protect her legs from any damage.

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