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Aloha! Ana completes her 160-mile Hawaiian marathon challenge

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ULTRA distance runner Ana Goncalves ticked off another incredible feat of endurance with her eighth 20-mile run in eight days.

Ana Goncalves covered 160 miles in eight days along Jersey's north coast– the distance she would have run had she been able to travel to Hawaii for the US state's 2020 ultra-marathon. She completed the final 5km with her daughter Stephanie (right) Picture: JON GUEGAN

The Islander, who completed seven marathons in seven days in 2012 and 30 marathons in 30 days in 2016, successfully clocked 160 miles from Saturday 16-Saturday 23 May – the distance she would have covered in the 2020 Hawaii ultra-marathon had Covid-19 not scuppered her travel plans.

Goncalves constructed the latest challenge, which took her from Trinity to Grosnez via the cliff paths every day, to raise funds for Headway Jersey and the NHS’ front-line workers. Despite a strong head wind, she ended the week with her fastest time of 4hr 16min.

‘I was quite surprised to finish so strongly and I was happy with it considering we had that horrible wind on Saturday pushing you back,’ she said. ‘Through the week I wasn’t pushing 100% because you get tired and you don’t want to get injured or fall.

‘Running through the week there was nobody around – I had the cliff paths to myself – but for the last run I had people running with me. It was amazing.’

Goncalves ran for a total of 35 hours throughout the week – going through two pairs of trainers and burning off almost 16,000 calories.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ana-G.

Jason Fox

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