There have been a few attempts on the LEJOG (Land’s End to John O’ Groats) record in the last couple of years. Most recently James Williams attempted it in May this year but had to top on day 5. Dan Lawson got much closer to doing it last year, but ultimately it defeated him too. And there was, ahem, Mark Vaz.
But nobody has attempted to break the women’s LEJOG record for some time, so we’re really excited to say that Sharon Gayter will set off on Sunday to try to do just that. Mimi Anderson is the current record holder with a time of 12 days and 15 hours, set in 2008. Mimi ran from North to South, and Sharon is doing the same. So it’s actually a JOGLE, but the Guinness World Record lists it as LEJOG, so we’re going with that.
Sharon has a long running CV that will stand her in good stead for this attempt. First and foremost she actually held the world record before Mimi. In 2006 she JOGLED in 12 days and 16 hours. In addition to this record she still holds the women’s world record for 7 days on a treadmill (517 miles) and has held the 12 hour treadmill record and the 6 day road record, among many others. So it’s fair to say that Sharon isn’t a stranger to a big running challenge and world records.
Sharon has represented GB at the 100k and 24 hour distance, and she’s also completed (and often won) races such as La Ultra – the High in the Himalayas (the world’s highest race), Badwater and Grand to Grand. She has completed over 186 ultras. She also done many 7 marathons in 7 days and 10 marathons in 10 days races.
Sharon will set off on her LEJOG attempt at 7.30am on Sunday (21st July) and her aim is to break 12 days. This will mean that she needs to run around 70 miles per day and will spend around 18 hours a day on her feet. Her route is approximately 822 miles with 33,000 feet of ascent. You can find information about where she will be on her website HERE if you want to go out and support.
She is raising funds for Mind and you can donate HERE
You can follow her progress on the tracker HERE