“I’m really excited about this new adventure, but I have to admit to being slightly daunted too. The HeinekenRace to the Tower is a huge, huge challenge for me,” she says.

“An ultra is something I said I would never do and I’m quite worried that I may not even finish. I did run the London Marathon in April, which was a fantastic experience and I really enjoyed having a sporting goal again – even if I’m not as fast as I used to be. I’m still not sure what came over me, but I decided to Google ultra races soon after crossing the finish line. I blame post marathon delirium. 

“In terms of race strategy I don’t really know what to expect but I have asked a few, experienced ultra runners for their advice, and the consensus seems to be: take a slower pace, fuel relatively early on and walk the hills. And, most importantly, enjoy it!” 

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The  Heineken Race to the Tower is a double marathon that runs from Gloucestershire to Worcestershire. The route takes in some quintessentially English villages and landmarks, including Winchcombe, Painswick and Sudeley Castle, before finishing at Broadway Tower in Worcestershire.

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