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TR caught up with the ultrarunner after she won the women’s Lakeland 100 in July, placing second overall.
Congrats, Sabs. How did you
train for the race? Almost no training! 20km runs max. I did UTMB last year, Dark Mountains in January and that was it. I’ve opened my own vet practice and I do all my own on-calls 24/7. I was just so happy to go for a long run.
What was your race
plan? I had no plan and wasn’t sure my body could cope with the distance. I focused on trying to drink one litre of fluid between each checkpoint and eat as much as possible, and that worked. Tell us about the race… The trails for the first half of the race were bone dry and I was running with Ken Sutor (overall winner) and Paul Tierney. They pushed harder than I wanted on uphills but were too slow for me on the downs. I was surprised to pull away going up Skiddaw, but Ken flew past afterwards. Unfortunately, as I headed up Fusedale it started blowing a hoolie with lightning, thunder and rain, which slowed me down. Ken and I toed and froed, then I basically got lost in my back garden. What a plonker! I sapped too much energy correcting my mistake with a bit of cliff climbing. I was so, so happy just to be in the race and reach the end.