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Ultra fit Shirley aces race

21 August 2014

A determined mum-of-two has completed a gruelling 100 mile race, beating the nearest female competitor by a whopping three hours.

Shirley Anderson, who works as a part exchange co-ordinator at our North West office, completed the Grim Reaper Ultra Marathon at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, finishing first woman and fifth overall.

The rules state that the race must be completed within 26 hours, but Shirley finished it in 21 hours 38 minutes, beating her own target by 22 minutes.

Shirley, 45, of Sandymoor, Runcorn, said: “The race went very well overall, however it was painful at times.

“You go through so many emotions when you’re running massive distances and this was no different. When I was running through the night I thought about how pleased I would be to finish and that I wouldn’t be running a 100 mile race again.

“However when the sun starts to come up you get an extra lease of life and it really picks you up. I even managed to find a sprint finish”

Upon finishing I was elated and I am already starting to think ahead to my next 100 mile ultra marathon and achieving a faster time.

Shirley, who has two teenage children, completed the challenge to raise money for Kidney Research UK as her 12-year-old nephew, Harry, has a rare condition affecting his kidneys that has no known cure.

She has so far raised £670 on her JustGiving page and around £200 in personal donations with help from her friends at the North West office which she says has put her overall fundraising figure to about £9,000 over the years, some of which has been for other charities including Marie Curie, Macmillan Cancer Support and Get Kids Going.

She added: “The terrain makes a run like this more difficult, I hope to achieve a quicker time on my next ultra marathon.  I’m looking at doing a 50 mile and 100 mile ultra marathon next year so fingers crossed all goes to plan.

“It’s always for a good cause and every penny raised is important so it’s all worthwhile.”

Donations can still be made by visiting Shirley’s JustGiving page on www.justgiving.com/shirley-anderson3

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