Carrie Bickmore shares the challenging truth of running in the demanding Great Wall of China half marathon

Carrie Bickmore shares the challenging truth of running in the demanding Great Wall of China half marathon

Carrie Bickmore has revealed the harsh reality of competing in a gruelling marathon.

The radio host, 40, completed a half marathon at the Great Wall of China over the weekend which involved climbing 5164 stairs and competing alongside 2500 runners from over 60 nations.

And now, the former Project host has shared a ‘gross’ photo to Instagram of snot running down her face while she completed the gruelling race.

In the image, an exhausted Carrie posed for the camera while she had mucus on her face.

‘Hot,’ she simply captioned the image.

Carrie Bickmore (pictured) has revealed the harsh reality of competing in a half marathon at the Great Wall of China

Carrie Bickmore (pictured) has revealed the harsh reality of competing in a half marathon at the Great Wall of China

On Tuesday, Carrie broke down as she revealed that she had completed her dream of taking part in The Great Wall Marathon.

Speaking on the Carrie and Tommy Show on the Hit Network, she broke down in tears as she described the emotional experience.

‘I don’t even know where to begin – first of all, going to China was an incredible experience in itself. Seeing the Wall – you’re seeing one of the wonders of the world – it was incredible,’ she said, becoming tearful.

‘Seeing the wall and going, “Oh my god, we have to run that”, sort of overwhelmed us. All the adrenaline was there, and we just kept looking at the Wall and going, “Oh God! Oh God!”‘

The former Project host has shared a 'gross' photo to Instagram of snot running down her face while she completed a gruelling race

The former Project host has shared a ‘gross’ photo to Instagram of snot running down her face while she completed a gruelling race

Carrie said she was ‘overwhelmed by the beauty of it’ but also ‘by the enormous feat ahead, it was mind-blowingly hard’.

‘You start getting dehydrated, and you start getting shaky. I drank water but every time I had hydrolytes it made me want to spew,’ she admitted.

 ‘I fell apart at the 15km mark. The locals were beautiful, they gave us sponges to sponge down. We went across the finish line, and it was just incredible.’

Carrie explained how she did the run in honour of one of her Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer supporters, Donna, who lost her battle with cancer.

Carrie completed a half marathon at the Great Wall of China over the weekend which involved climbing 5164 stairs as well as competing alongside 2500 runners from over 60 nations

Carrie completed a half marathon at the Great Wall of China over the weekend which involved climbing 5164 stairs as well as competing alongside 2500 runners from over 60 nations

She went on sobbing: ‘Everyone wants to know why we’re doing it for Donna, and so we’re talking to everyone about that. Everyone was just so wonderful to each other. It was like a spiritual journey – I just loved it.’

The former Project star was so dedicated to training for the marathon that she had brought a Stairmaster into her studio so that she could continue her workouts while recording the Carrie and Tommy Show with co-host Tommy Little.

Carrie shared images from a particularly gruelling training run last month which included running up 1000 steps at the Dandenong Ranges.

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