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She's done it!

Posted 7 June 2011

Fit fundraiser Anna Finn has completed her second Birmingham to London Grand Union Canal Race, raising over £23,000 for Animal Aid. It's 145 miles and this time she has done it less than 36 hours! Thank you and congratulations, Anna, and thank you to everyone who sponsored her.

Here's an extract from Anna's blog. “After last year's enforced walking, I was very pleased to be able to keep putting in sections of jogging throughout, but found that actually at night my running pace was slower than my walking! I kept alternating between the two in an attempt to ward off blisters, which seemed to work. I didn't get too sleepy during the night and enjoyed the sunrise a few miles out from the 100 mile point, which I reached in under 23 hours. I felt rather fatigued later in the morning, but continued to stay in good spirits and enjoy the journey. I was still running (well, doing the ultra-shuffle at least) between walking, and managed to keep the blisters away until the final turn onto the Paddington arm, about 13 miles from the finish. When I got to 3 miles to go though, I realised that I might just squeeze in with the sub-36 I'd really wanted. So I switched up a gear despite the blisters which had just started to scream at me within the last few miles. And I made it in 35 hours and 43 minutes A fantastic feeling. And a big shiny medal. I placed 19th out of 53 finishers (there were 92 starters) and 3rd female.”

Anna running the Grand Union Canal Race Grand Union Canal Race medal Grand Union Canal Race t-shirt

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