When Claudia Barry chose to run the 100k Thames Path Ultra Challenge in September to fundraise for The National Brain Appeal she hadn’t anticipated it would be the hottest day of the year!
In fact, 331 runners withdrew from the race which shows how determined Claudia was to finish and how her support team played an important part in keeping her cool and hydrated during the 19 hours 54 minutes she was running.
Starting from Putney, the ultra, which is just shy of 2.5 continuous marathons, follows the Thames Path to Henley where a jubilant Claudia crossed the finish line at 3.30am, 56th woman out of 251 and 245th out of a field of 609 overall.
The Mighty Green, who first joined the club when she was 17, is very grateful to her support crew and support runners who ran with her from 29k including SRC’s Richard King and his friend Rick Bollenger who followed her the whole way with food, first aid and ice packs which were essential to keep her cool.
For Claudia losing a couple of toenails and dealing with some horrendous blisters was well worth the £5,000+ she has raised for a charity close to her heart. Huge congratulations Claudia!