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Stratford athlete swaps water for sand

Updated: 4:08 pm, May 07, 2015

STRATFORD Boat Club and Stratford Athletic Club member, Dr Charlotte Best, has enjoyed sporting success in Oman as she competed in the Muscat Marathon and beat her sub-four-hour target to finish second placed lady in a time of 3:46.08.

Charlotte, who has lived in Oman for the last 18 months and runs every week with the Muscat Road Runners in the capital, is undeterred by the Middle Eastern heat.

She also recently completed the Oman Desert Marathon – 165km over the course of six days through the Wahiba Sands in the Oman Desert – where she finished second lady in an international field of entrants.

Runners had to carry all their food – a minimum of 2,000 kilocalories per day – in addition to certain mandatory items of safety kit, including a whistle, compass and venom pump, the latter an item not much in need on the towpaths and lanes of Warwickshire, where Charlotte runs whenever she is home!

Due to work commitments in Qatar (Charlotte is a marine scientist) she was unable to complete her final pre-Muscat Marathon training in the two weeks before last week’s event, so is doubly delighted with her time and is now looking forward to her next challenge.

Dr Charlotte Best celebrates on the podium at the Muscat Marathon. (s)

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