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The inside track to race success.

Byline: Eric Paylor

Sharon Gayter is hoping that many hours shut off from the outside world will pay dividends in Taiwan this weekend.

The ultra runner from Guisborough has been training in Teesside University's acclimatisation chamber for the world 24 hours championships.

And after weeks of running in searing temperatures and high humidity, the New Marske Harrier is confident of running a personal best distance.

She said: "Teesside University have allowed me to use the chamber free of charge and I'm very grateful. I've been concentrating running in 25 degrees of heat and 90 per cent humidity, and it should help me because 90 per cent humidity is forecast for the weekend.

"The only problem is that I will also probably be running in constant rain."

Sharon, ranked 15th of the athletes running in the event, is taking a master's degree in sports and exercise at Teesside University.

She has not been selected by Great Britain for the world race, which is frustrating considering that she ran more than 200km last year. But she is the fastest runner in the open race by more than 30k.

Sharon added: "My training has gone very well and I'm planning to run a bare minimum 220k, which will be a PB and put me in the top ten in the world.

"The only problem is that my support team, my husband Bill, will not be there this time.

"I'll have to deal with that, and the course as well. There are a lot of corners to negotiate but you have to deal with all types of courses and I am confident I will do well."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2006
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