MOUTH-WA­TER­ING

Rugby club ex­tend win­ning start to the sea­son

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

CHE­SHAM

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.

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