A 35-year-old British runner became the first woman to win the ultra-long distance 268 mile Montane Spine Race on Thursday — all while also expressing breastmilk for her young daughter at checkpoints along the way. Jasmin Paris, a Edinburgh resident, left her fellow racers in the dust with a dominant display of speed and endurance. The race, which spans from Derbyshire in Central England to the Scottish border, had previously taken top racers 95 hours to finish. Paris’ finish time of 83 hours, 12 minutes, and 23 seconds was good enough to beat the course record by 12 hours.
“It is really tough. Two thirds of the time it is dark and it is completely different from any race I’ve run before because it is non-stop,” she recalled in an interview with BBC Breakfast. “You have the whole challenge of when to sleep and that becomes very tactical, and then you’re sleep-deprived. When I was on the final section I kept seeing animals appearing out of every rock and kept forgetting what I was doing – hallucinations. Every so often I’d come to with a start.”
Her husband, she added, would meet her at checkpoints along the route so that she could breast pump milk for their 14-month-old daughter Rowan. Post-race, Paris said that 1-year-old hadn’t seem particularly interested in her remarkable accomplishment.
“She [Rowan] was very bemused to see me on the finish line and has been very clingy today as if she is thinking I might go away again,” said Paris.
Read the full story at The Sydney Morning Herald.