This is the amazing moment 71-year-old Gunhild Swanson crosses the finish line of a 100-mile ultramarathon, just six seconds before the cut-off time.
At pension age we’d be happy just to be getting to the gym and back, so Gunhild must be ecstatic to be the first ever woman over 70 to finish the gruelling race.
In total, she clocked in at 29 hours, 59 seconds and 54 seconds for the Western States 100 in California.
And she almost didn’t make it – at mile 88 she accidentally followed some other runners off course, adding an extra three miles to the famously tough race.
‘It wasn’t terribly hot, I don’t know what it was, but we really suffered out there’, she told iRunFar.com.
‘I saw people curled up sleeping in the shade under the tree and laying in the creek. The terrain is so difficult that ordinary mortals like me, you can’t run.
‘You have to powerwalk it and hike it, so I just kept getting further and further behind. Once I got to where it was runnable, then I started to make up time.’
But as soon as her son started running alongside to pace her at Michigan Bluff, she started to find things a little easier.
The crowd erupted into cheers as she finally crossed the finish line, making history as she ran.