RUNNING: FOR Leamington runner Sue Harrison, a 10km run every Sunday morning to keep her fitness morale steady doesn’t quite float her boat.
The Leamington C & AC racer has experienced a remarkable year on the road, resulting in her reaching No.1 in the UK rankings for races held over 50km.
Her year started with one goal on her mind – to run for England at the Home Nations International 100km road race in May.
A bronze medal at the Warwickshire Cross Country Championships, followed by a fourth place finish in the Warwick half marathon, and a win at the Long Marston 50km event helped Harrison book her spot in the England team.
Hosted in Hull, the Home Nations event provided runners with a stiff test of stamina and determination. The course was mainly flat and lasted 25km – meaning the race was ran over four laps.
By the 65km mark, Harrison eased into first place before slowly building her lead to more than 11 minutes by the time she crossed the finish line.
The win provided Harrison with her first UK Championship title at the age of 45 in a time of 8hrs 1min 22secs – and her time ranked her at No.11 in the world.
Harrison was then invited to race in a 50km road race in China, where she finished in 3hrs 5mins 38secs – a remarkable achievement considering the time difference, altitude, and competition she was up against.
Reflecting on a year full of achievements, Harrison said: “I have received complete support from my parents, sponsors, and coaches.
“I must thanks my club, training partners, and coach – Les Barnett – who has been with me for over 30 years and helped me reach the level I am at today.
“I am fortunate to have such a great team around me. I can’t wait for the challenges ahead over the winter and on into 2018.”