72-year-old woman completes a marathon run along the Great Wall of China

PUBLISHED: 19:00 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:12 31 May 2018

Sue Nicholls (left) completed the marathon in 5 hours and 32 minutes. Picture: Peter Tilley

Sue Nicholls (left) completed the marathon in 5 hours and 32 minutes. Picture: Peter Tilley


A Burnham-on-Sea pensioner has completed a marathon along the Great Wall of China.

Sue Nicholls at the Great Wall of China marathon. Picture: Peter TilleySue Nicholls at the Great Wall of China marathon. Picture: Peter Tilley

The route covered 5,000 steps of the wall and Sue Nicholls, aged 72, finished the course in five hours and 32 minutes.

Sue, of Naish Road, only took up running nine years ago at the age of 63 following the death of her husband.

MORE: Sue wins rare prize for running six marathons across the world.

She said: “It was great to experience a different culture as I had never been to China before.

“We had a tour of the Great Wall two days before the race which was incredible.

“Physically it was very challenging as the weather was humid at 27C, but I wanted to complete the race in under six hours so I am very pleased with myself.”

Two of Sue’s sons joined her to offer support at the finish line and they also ran the half-marathon course along the wall.

Last year, Sue won a rare Six Star Finishers medal for completing the London, Tokyo, Boston, Chicago, New York City and Berlin marathons.

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