Around the 75-kilometre mark, the team had a decision to make. Can we go for the mixed team record? Can we push through the next 14km stage? Clive and Jacqui Saffery, Peter Lee and Alex Morgan decided they could and by the time they crossed the finish line, the Hong Kong-based team had broken the mixed team record for the 100km Oxfam UK Trailwalker. By virtue of breaking the record across the South Downs with a time of 12 hours and 35 minutes, Jacqui Saffery became the fastest woman to run the course, a feat she has yet to fully accept. 'I think Jacqui still doesn't quite believe it and knowing that the previous record was held by a sponsored team, I think she believes it even less,' husband Clive said. Jacqui said much of her achievement - the team finished fifth overall behind the Queen's Gurkha Signals One (10:34) - was owed to her experienced teammates, who were able to guide her along. 'They basically made sure, especially after the 70km mark, that I [didn't] start to slip,' said Jacqui, who will next train for a half-triathlon in September. 'With the boys, they can tell if someone is going downhill and there was a state with me where I did feel I was losing my energy.' Morgan took notice of her energy level, threw some candy at her and made her take more liquids. She picked up soon afterwards and the team completed the crucial stage on a 12-hour pace. The team, Clive Saffery said, involved Jacqui in all decisions which he felt gave her confidence to endure the pace. The UK Trailwalker is part of Oxfam's Trailwalker series, which has a popular edition in November in Hong Kong. Teams of four have a time limit to complete the 100km trek and, in addition to passing through a series of check points, must cross the finish line as a team. It's a race that, beyond the obvious physical component, requires an ability to maintain focus and emphasises communication between the teammates. Though the team had goals to finish as the first mixed team, they also wanted to finish the race as friends. Though the course is not as arduous as the route in Hong Kong - nor does the humid weather factor into the equation - Jacqui's accomplishments are notable, not least because she has been running for only eight years. In 1999, she took up running and a year later, for her 40th birthday celebration, Clive took her to a 100km race in Italy. She has since completed a variety of marathons, ironmans, a 90km race, last year's UK Trailwalker, and, most recently a 70km race in Maui. 'Where she really shows her strength is in her mental side,' Clive said. Jacqui said she was the one who doubted the team's ability to finish with such a time as her original estimate was a full hour behind the actual time. But as the team, named 'Lost in Wan Chai', ran to the finish at Brighton Racecourse, Jacqui sensed they had accomplished something special. Her husband, who seems to have forecast his wife's talent for endurance racing since that race in Italy, is now encouraging her to try a 100-mile race. 'I think it's because I can,' Jacqui explained about her love for ultra-distance races. 'Unless you try it, you don't know if you can do it. I think I am a lot stronger than I think I am.'