Rugby club extend winning start to the season
The 43-year-old Chiltern Harrier has secured one of the UK’s 25 entries to the Spartathlon, a 152-mile race from Athens’ famous Acropolis to Sparta.
Mum-of-two Young will set out at around 7am next Friday on the punishing race, during which temperatures are set to hit the high 30s centigrade.
And a mere 100 miles into next week’s challenge, Young – who made her ultrarunning World Championships debut for GB in July – will have to climb Mount Parthenion as part of the race... if she gets that far.
“There are 75 designated check points with strict cut-off times,” said Young. “Those who fail to make any of the given checkpoints will be immediately pulled from the race and then driven to the finishing line by the ‘Death Bus’.
“Less than half the runners who compete are expected to make it to the finish line despite the fact that everyone has qualified for this race with high standards and a big waiting list.”
With only 25 entries permitted for each nation, Young secured her vest with her ultrarunning performances this season and she will be racing for a good cause.
The Chesham-based Arctic One charity awards small grants to help disabled groups and individuals compete in their chosen sports.
To sponsor Young’s Herculean effort, visit her fundraising page at: uk. virginmoneygiving.com/AliYoung.