A record-breaking runner who covered 216 miles in less than 63 hours – with just a 90 minute nap – said the secret to success was eating stock cubes.
Mum-of-two Anna Rutherford, 38, smashed the woman’s record for running the Southern Upland Way by more than 17 hours, finishing on May 1.
She covered the coast-to-coast route from Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway, to Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, in 62 hours and 34 minutes but ended up urinating blood and munching on stock cubes to keep her energy going.
It came just nine months after she gave birth to her second child, Ella.
Anna trained for the challenge in August last year by doing 55, 65, and 80-mile hill runs around the Scottish Borders – and started training just two weeks after giving birth.
Anna, from Eddleston, in the Borders, started the route at 5am on April 29 and finished at about 7.30pm on May 1.
She slept for a total of 90 minutes, in 11-minute stints, during the challenge.
Lawyer Anna said: “I’m nobody special, just a mum who likes going for a run.
“I was running 100 miles a week up hills around the Scottish Borders and doing pilates.
“The hardest bit was struggling with my body breaking down, you cant train for that.
“I started peeing blood, I was swaying and seeing double, I picked up eye infections, I was puking, my tongue was peeling off.”
Husband Neil, 48, inspired her by sending pictures of son Kit, two, and daughter Ella, nine months.
She struggled to eat during the run, consuming just 2000 calories, but burned more than 25,000 calories.
Anna said: “I was being quite sick but because I was running and sweating, I needed to replace the electrolytes and I needed salt.
“My friend Lucy said, ‘Try this’, and it was a crushed up stock cube. As it is pure concentrated salt, it seemed to reset my stomach and made a huge difference.
“Who knows, maybe I will get a sponsorship deal out of this.”