Sherry Straatman

50km | Brisbane Trail Runners

The Guzzler - Athlete profiles

Get to know the Guzzlers

We're so lucky to have some amazing people lining up for both The Guzzler and The Glass Half Full. In the lead up to race day, we're featuring some of the athlete stories here. In this edition, meet the amazing Sherry Straatman, who is lining up for her first ultra after a series of injury setbacks.

Let's Meet

Sherry Straatman

I don't care if I'm the last person to cross the finish line with 1 second to spare and I crawl across it.

Why are you running The Guzzler?

My running journey has been a very rocky road - many, many injuries and even more lessons learnt. The goal for my first Ultra was UTA 50 for 2019 - after several cancelled entries in the last few years. When I heard about The Guzzler, I knew I could spend 9 months training on the course and spend a fraction of the cost, not to mention the local community support behind it, and the Glass Half Full quickly replaced UTA for next year and now I'm super excited (and terrified!).

How long have you been trail running?

Technically just over 3 years, but I haven't actually run for at least half of that. 

What's your proudest trail running moment?

Probably not a trail running moment, but the fact that I'm not giving up on my crazy, sometimes completely unrealistic goals (and I just keep making more).

How will you get through the tough times on course?

I think going up Kokoda at the end of 50k, probably in the dark, is the thing I'm most worried about (thanks for that guys!), and I have a feeling I'll be crawling, crying and silently swearing the whole way up! I'm pretty resilient, so I hope that when it gets tough, just taking a minute to take in my surroundings will hopefully help, maybe some dancing on the trails, along with some old school Hamish and Andy through my phone speakers, as well as chocolate when it gets really bad. Famous last words right...

What's your goal for the event?

I'll most likely be hiking the majority of it, and I want to finish before I get kicked off the course, and even then I'll still keep going, even if it's not official! I don't care if I'm the last person to cross the finish line with 1 second to spare and I crawl across it, I just want to finish it, and survive it! 

Who would be your ultimate race crew?

My crew I have now, Sara and Kate. They are supportive and they are definitely not going to let me quit even when I tell them I want to!

We'd Love To Find Out More

Tell Us Your Story

From first timers attempting a new challenge through to experienced ultramarathoners, front, middle or back of the pack, everyone attempting The Guzzler and The Glass Half Full is an athlete and everyone has a story. Want to share yours with us? We'd love to hear from you as we get to know some of our Guzzlers.

 

    

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