Sharon became a serious runner in 1994 when she completed her first 100km and 24 hour race, winning gold in the National Championships at both events, still the only person to take both titles in the same year.
Between 1994 and 2011, Sharon represented Great Britian on 27 occasions, winning several medals as well as further National Championship titles. Her 100km best remains at 8 hrs 12 mins and her 24 hours distance at 226km.
In 2011, Sharon was ranked World Number 1 for 6 days on the road with my British Record of 750km, a race she won outright as the first person. She also ran her toughest race that year which was the world’s highest race, La Ultra-The High, a distance of 222km up to altitudes around 18,000ft in the Himalayas. That year was quite busy and she finished by breaking the Guinness World Record for the furthest distance run on a treadmill in 7 days. Her distance of 833km added over 100 miles (160km) to the existing record!!
By October 2016, Sharon had run 186 ultra marathons, 114 marathons and 119 off-road races of near marathon distance, some 419 events of 24 miles or further. She has raced across deserts such as the Libyan Challenge, Ocean Floor Race and Badwater Ultramarathon. Sharon has done multi stage races such as Marathon des Sables, Grand to Grand Ultra, Fire and Ice 250km, Trans-Alpine from Germany to Austria, Switzerland and Italy, Verdon Canyon, Al-Andalus Ultra Trail and Trans-Slovenia (winter edition). Sharon has also set multiple world, veteran and British records alongside many course records.
Sharon has achieved much in her career which has been detailed in her book “The Clock Keeps Ticking”, with much information on breaking the Guinness World Record running from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Many who have read her reports say it feels like they are there running with her. You can now purchase her book (personally signed) by CLICKING HERE.
Sharon did it! Sharon set off from the northern tip of Britain at 07:30am on 21 July 2019 and finished in the south-west corner at 18:36pm on 2 August 2019 covering the 822 miles in 12 days, 11 hours, 6 minutes, and 7 seconds.
The previous record, set in 2008 and run from Land's End to John O'Groats, was more than four hours longer. A huge congratulations from the Hellenia team!