Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon competes over unknown territory when she represents Britain in Romania later this year.
She competes in a team of five in the IAU (International Association of Ultra Runners) 50km World Championships in Brasov on September 1.
The double Olympian, who has represented GB in the marathon at World and European Championships plus the Commonwealth Games, makes her first journey over the 50km distance.
This is 8km longer than the marathon and the distance is sure to be a big test for the experienced marathon runner.
One local athlete who came through ultra distance racing with flying colours at the end of her marathon career was Houghton Harrier Lynn Cooper.
Her background was competing in two Commonwealth Games for Scotland in the marathon and she had finished eighth with a time of 2.31.45 in the 1989 London Marathon.
In 1995, she competed in the IAU 100km at Chavagnes-en-Paillers, France, and finished second in a time of 7.52.23 in her last major race.
This will be the first edition of the 50km event since 2016 when Britain won the women’s team gold.
British Athletics said in their selection policy that it continues to value the importance of the IAU 50km World Championships and the role it plays in the progression of British endurance athletes within the international competition pathway.
British Athletics is realistic about the impact that British endurance athletes can have at this event when competing with the best in the world.
The other athletes joining Dixon are Hannah Oldroyd (Ribble Valley Harriers), who was a member of the gold medal winning team three years ago.
Wakefield’s Julie Briscoe, Danielle Nimmock (City of Norwich) and Helen Davies (Ipswich Jaffa)....