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When Tina Page attempted the National Three Peaks Challenge, she didn “t just climb the highest mountain in England, Scotland and W ales – she r an betw een them too The equiv alent of 19 mar athons in 19 da ys


Three years ago I was a 40-something, cake-eating non-runner touring the Alps in my campervan, when I witnessed something called an ultramarathon”, says Tina Page, 46, from Blackpool. “I knew nothing about the sport but was blown away by these hardcore runners accomplishing incredible feats I barely believed possible.”

“Naturally I wanted to have a go, but there was just one problem: these guys were running 100 miles in the mountains and I”d never even run for a bus! So I ditched my ice-cream, donned my trainers and hit the trails.

“After a very steep learning curve, and in an inadvisably short space of time, I”d built up to completing short ultramarathons of between 50K and 85K, albeit as a back-of-the-packer.

“Always on the lookout for outdoorsy adventures, I decided to tackle the National Three Peaks Challenge, which involves climbing the highest mountain in England, Scotland and Wales. But I thought I”d add a bit of a twist. Most people who attempt this challenge jump in a car or warm minibus to travel between the peaks. But I decided to run the entire distance solo and unsupported on an epic 500-mile trail run.

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About Women’s Running

Discover the healing power of running with the March issue of Women’s Running, on sale 25 January. Find out how running can help treat depressive disorders, clear the mind and manage stressful life situations. And hear from women who have experienced these benefits for themselves, such as cover star Charlie Watson, who shares how running – and blogging – has helped her to manage stress and anxiety. Keen to start running but daunted by the prospect of having to run for miles without a break? Discover Jeff Galloway’s hugely successful Run Walk Run training method, which has helped thousands to start running, stay injury free and even qualify for the Boston Marathon. We’ve got all things marathon training covered in this issue, too. You’ll find three 12-week training plans for beginner, intermediate and experienced marathoners, as well as expert advice on getting marathon fit on reduced mileage. Plus, don’t miss our recipes for delicious, homemade fuelling snacks or our leg-focused strength-training workout, both supporting your stamina and strength, whatever your training goals.