Athens 1000 mile race at 12 days / 288hrs – Summary
We have a winner – and three more runners leave the race….
At Day 12 / 288 hrs into the 1000 mile race
1st #19 Schwerk Wolfgang – GER 1000 miles 287hrs, 18mins, 32 secs / 11d 23h 18m 32s
Wolfgang Schwerk has finished the race with a very good time but the race continues…
2nd #18 Sichel William – UK 865 miles 1391 km
3rd #8 Bazzana Lucio – ITA 857miles 1379 km
William and Lucio are battling both for 2nd place AND for a new M55 World Record. William currently leads by 12km / 7.45 miles, so they are virtually neck-and-neck in a race of this length, with each having less than 150 miles to go to reach the 1000 mile finishing point. The next hours will be a tremendous strain on the pair of runners, both physically and mentally. A single mistake such as a misjudgement in pace or a poorly timed break could make all the difference between achieving a new World Record or being pipped at the post…
4th #16 Dvoracek Vlastimil – CZE 814.5 miles 1311 km
5th #7 Lo Wei Ming – TPE 799.5 miles 1287 km
Czech runner Vlastimil Dvoracek slightly increases his lead over Taiwanese runner Lo Wei Ming in the ongoing bttle for 4th place. But with around 200 miles still left to run for these competitors, much could change during the next couple of days…
6th #10 Hausmann Martina – GER Female 1st 796 miles 1281 km
7th #6 Okiyama Hiroko – JPN Female 2nd 788 miles 1268 km
8th #9 Tahkavuori Maria – FIN Female 3rd 764 miles 1230 km
It is still anyone’s race in the Women’s 1000 miles. The positions haven’t changed, and the distances remain so close that it is impossible to call at this point. With all three Women moving closer to the 800 mile mark, anything could happen before they reach the 1000 mile point….
9th #13 Thanos Nikos – GRE 691 miles 1112 km
Greek runner Niko Thanos is now in last place, pushing on to achieve the maximum distance possible even though he is probably rather unlikely to reach the 1000 mile mark before the end of the race at 16 days (but then again, you never know).
10th #14 Istvan Sipos – HUN DNF 1068 km
11th #12 Nomikos Nikitas – GRE DNF 1050 km
12th #1 Sherrington Abichal – UK DNF 1000 km
13th #5 Schlotter Hans Jurgen – GER DNF 757 km
14th #4 Baxevanis Costas – GRE DNF 542 km
15th #2 Katsaros Achilleas – GRE DNF 525 km
16th 17 Zimmermann Walter – GER DNF 161 km
The other seven runners who started are now out of the race, with Sipos Istvan, Nikitas Nomikos and Abichal Watkins (Sherrington) of Wales joining the list of those who “Did Not Finish”. I don’t have details of whether these runners withdrew voluntarily, due to injury or did not meet the daily minimum of 50 miles and were therefore technically disqualified – but whatever the case all are sorry to see them go and commend them for a very brave effort. Abichal will hopefully be pleased to have reached the 1000km mark – no small achievement for anyone.
More news as I get it.
Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe – William Sichel’s training advisor – ULTRAfitnessTraining.com