Will Roberts came to the Freedom Leisure British Ultrafest to find out what it was all about and was pleasantly surprised and impressed. You can hear Will talking to runners, crew and organisers in the “A Day in the Life – Everything Endurance at the British Ultrafest 24hr Running Championships” Podcast on the Beyond The Ultimate website.
“On the 400m track at the K2 Leisure Centre, the Freedom Leisure British Ultrafest 24hr Running Championships took place. A field of 30 runners competed in an event where they would each push to run the greatest distance they were able in a 24hr period. More still came to run 12 and 6 hour versions of the same event.
That’s 6, 12 or 24 consecutive hours running around the same track. As endurance events go this is uniquely challenging. It is a cutting back of endurance to a matter purely of running ability and the strength of mind to persevere with almost no distraction from noon one day until noon the next.
In a special ‘outside broadcast’ edition of the podcast, Will talks to the runners and organisers to find out why these athletes take on such massive distances.
Featuring Pam Storey the ultra running veteran who creates this awesome event and, among others, Dan Lawson of Team GB, William Sichel, a multi-record holder and the first Brit to finish the world’s longest foot race within 52 days, and Abichal Sherrington who has completed that same race 6 times among dozens of others from marathon to 1000 miles.”
The podcast widget is in the sidebar or you can visit the Beyond The Ultimate website and check out the cool races and challenges they organise.
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News has continued to have been posted on Facebook and the entries have been coming in with 21 runners so far signed up for the 24 hour, 8 in the 12 hour and 7 in the 6 hour.
At 74 hours Didier Sessegolo and William Sichel are a mile apart in the British Ultra Fest 6 Day Race at Radley, Abingdon. With dry conditions prevailing, runners are making the most of the opportunity and several records have been set. American Bill Heldenbrand set a new mark for 48 hours on track age(M65) (new: 260.8 km, old: 256.351 km) and Christian Ritella currently 3rd place overall,set a new Swedish intermediate split for 72 hours.
After leading early on , Kenji Okiyama has settled into 5th place. Israeli runner Kobi Oren has been running well, and currently lies just behind women’s leader Christine David in 6th place overall. Christine had stomach problems after only a few hours on day one and after backing off and taking it easy has recovered and driven herself up the leaderboard and looks very confortable at the moment.
Richard Brown is in 7th place closely pursued by US 100 mile specialist Liz Bauer.
The sun has set and the stars have emerged here at Radley beneath clear skies. The wind has died down a lot after a breezy early evening that kept temperatures down.
After an unstable internet connection for the early part of the race, it seems to be maintaining a welcome steadiness now and we are very grateful for Hunrun for working hard to provide good service for the many visitors to the site. Tomorrow we will look at a messaging system.
The leaderboard shows some runners in blue. These are runners who haven’t passed the timing mat for 20 minutes or more.
Kenji Okiyama and Didier Sessegolo are taking breaks while William is still out there reducing their advantage. The level of lighting at the track is quite low and runners pass quietly and quickly past the aid station as they settle into their rhythms deep into the night. Finishing their shifts around 10 om, Veggies, the race vegetarian caterers have said that their may be a meteor shower tonight so the crew is watching the starry starry.
The race is short of massage therapists until tomorrow evening but so far so good with a wealth of experience on the track and amongst the crews and helpers.
Brave Kate Condon unfortunately had to pull out with ankle problems.
We’re grateful to Lucozade for supplying us with 2,500 bottles of Sports Elite drink who will keep the athletes fuelled along with a contribution from Allsorts who provided the runners with Enduro-load.
Quite a few people came by today to wish the runners well and we also had quite a few volunteers, or so it seemed. James Zarei has been at the track yesterday and today and a few local runners and interested parties.
The ladies race is also a closely knit affair with Christine David still edging Liz Bauer and Scotland’s Lorna Maclean in third spot.