60 SEC­ONDS WITH...

SAB­RINA VERJEE

Trail Running (UK) - - Warm- Up -

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.

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