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Hannah England’s Spartan-like Training In Kenya

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 27, 2012
  • Updated Jan. 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM UTC
Hannah England is happy not living the luxurious life in Kenya. Photo: Guardian

She loves it despite the living conditions.

The world silver medalist in the 1,500 meters, Hannah England, is taking her training up a notch. According to a report on the Mirror’s Web site, the British middle-distance ace has been living in extremely spartan conditions in Kenya.

Examples: A single light bulb hangs from the ceiling. Her room is like a prison cell–four paces by four paces. Air conditioning? Forget it! No television, too.

But England loves it.

“The first time I came here, I said I’d never come back,” she said. “I don’t have a great deal of natural endurance, compared to others out here. I spent five weeks feeling awful and thought, ‘This isn’t for me’. I was running up hills, everyone was running away from me and I thought, ‘Why am I here?’ But I got great results from it.”

Before last year, England had never been to Kenya.

“It’s a totally different world,” she said. “It was a shock at first, the way people live and the ­conditions they live in. But they seem 10 times happier than people back home!”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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