Ultrarunner describes what it was like to run and win 55-mile race from Berkhamsted

Laureda Tirepied with husband Mick.
Laureda Tirepied with husband Mick.

The first woman to finish the Trail of Herts 55-mile race has described how she felt during the gruelling challenge.

Laureda Tirepied has been running regularly for 18 months and now competes in ‘ultramarathons’ – races that are longer than 26.2 miles.

September’s Trail of Herts took self-navigating runners from Berkhamsted Cricket Club along footpaths to the end of the Eastern arm of the Regency Canal in Islington.

Laureda took part with husband Mick, but the pair soon became a group with two others, Anna and Glyn.

Describing the experience in her blog, Laureda says: “The longer you run, the more you get to challenge yourself both mentally and physically.”

She and Mick left their companions behind as Laureda realised taking walking breaks was causing her more rather than less pain – and she just wanted to get home. She finished the race in 11h 55m.

Laureda was born in the Reunion Island, which she describes in her blog as a ‘small French island lost in the Indian Ocean’. She lived in multiple countries before settling in the UK with husband Mick.

The Trail of Herts was organised by Cliff King, owner of Berkhamsted gym The Health Hub