Sian feels the sprain of charity trek at 70km

Sian Whyte, front right, with supporters
Sian Whyte, front right, with supporters

A GP has spoken of her disappointment after a sprained ankle cut short a gruelling charity trek.

But Siân Whyte, from Buckingham, still managed to raise £2,000 for Willen Hospice after taking part in the Isle of Wight Challenge.

The non-stop 106km-long ultra-marathon trek – two and a half times the length of a marathon – takes place around the Isle of Wight Coastal Path.

Dr Whyte, aged 41, who works as a GP in Milton Keynes, set off from West Cowes last Saturday morning, cheered on by her husband Warren, friends and family at refuelling stops along the way.

After making good progress via Yarmouth and the Needles, she set off on the Chale to Bembridge night stage at 11.30pm.

Unfortunately, the hills around Ventor and Shanklin had other ideas.

At 5.30am, at the 70km marker, she had to seek medical help due to a sprained ankle, and was forced to retire.

Dr Whyte said: “I am so grateful for the wonderful support and generosity of friends and family.

“While I am disappointed my injury didn’t allow me to complete the full circuit, I am pleased to have attempted the challenge, achieve a personal best, and most importantly, raise so much money for Willen Hospice, a well-loved and important organisation for north Bucks residents.”

Despite the unexpected ending, the 70km is Dr Whyte’s personal best.

Over the course of the 20-hour trek she climbed a cumulative 2,000 metres, equivalent to climbing and descending Snowdon twice.