Bill Heldenbrand photo by Wendy E.
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.
HunRun.com race results on the race website
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.
The full live results are avaiable on the British Ultra Fest website at:
We have heard today that sadly Alistair Stewart is injured and unable to take part in the race.
We wish him a speedy recovery.
We are pleased to announce that Lucozade have kindly offered to sponsor the race and are donating a significant amount of bottles of their Sport Elite drink.
We hope that the runners will take advantage of this offer and that it will make a difference to their performance at the race.
Sadly we have heard today that Andrew Murray will not be taking part in the 24 hour race as he is injured. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.
We have received news today that due to a persistant injury Richard Quennell has withdrawn from the 48 hour race. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him racing again soon.
The mobile phone number for the race is 07923833719 should you need to contact us at the event.
Here is a link to a recent video of an aerial view of Radley College showing the grounds, buildings and most importantly, the athletic track.
Won’t be long now folks! Hope you enjoy this film.