Sharon Gayter has just returned from Death Valley where she ran in one of the toughest endurance races hosted on the planet. The Badwater Ultramarathon starts at the lowest point in the United States and finishes on Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the US. Climbing from the desert floor the race travels Death Valley where temperatures reach 130 degrees and passes through towns with names like Stovepipe and Furnace Creek.
The 135 mile race has a time limit of 60 hours and it is compulsory for runners to have a crew. This is Sharon’s debut at Badwater and finished fourth woman, and fourteenth overall in 31:12:32 – the best all time performance by a British athlete, just pipping William Sichel’s 2006 time by half an hour or so.
Mark Cockbain also made the long journey to California and finished in 52:29:46
Full results can be found at www.badwater.com/