Busselton woman Sharene Blake raised the bar for ultra runners all over the world this month when she smashed the record for the fastest unsupported run on the Cape to Cape track. At 19 hours, 41 minutes and 39 seconds, Blake’s record has gone down in history, beating previous record holder Andrew Bates by just under 25 minutes. Blake, 39, was overwhelmed to snatch the title from such an experienced athlete having started ultra running only 11/2 years ago. “I started the run at Cape Leeuwin in Augusta and went up to Cape Naturaliste. From looking at the Fastest Known Times online, this was the direction most people chose,” she said. The decision to complete the 130km run came after COVID-19 put on hold this year’s Delirious WEST 200 Miler race along the Bibbulmun Track and another 200km race she had planned was postponed last year. “So much preparation goes into these races and it was good to be able to channel my energy into something else when they weren’t able to go ahead,” she said. Tiger snakes, feral cats and spider webs were just some of the obstacles Blake faced as she navigated tough terrain during the night and 26C during the day. “Trusting myself to be able do it on my own and making sure I was looking after myself was probably the best part. “I was very proud when I got to the end,” she said. Blake also hoped to beat Canadian Bernadette Benson who holds the record for the fastest female supported run, but fell short by about 14 minutes. Blake will compete in Bunbury’s Track Ultra WA, a 24-hour running event, in August and hopes to qualify for the Australian Ultra Runners Team. Her Cape to Cape run is documented online at fastestknowntime.com/fkt/sharene-blake-cape-cape-track-wa-australia-2021-02-12.