Athens – race summary at 13 days / 312 hrs
A quick summary of the on-going race at 13 days / 312 hrs
2nd #18 Sichel William – UK 1509 km 937.5 miles
3rd #8 Bazzana Lucio – ITA 1475 km 916.5 miles
William is 21 miles ahead of Lucio Bazanna (possibly more or less by now as William took a break having reached 1509km (leaving 100km to reach 1000 miles / 1609.34km). With a 34km lead and only 100km left to cover it would be a major surprise now if William does not achieve both 2nd place and set a ne M55 World Record for the 1000 miles. At 13 days / 312 hrs, William has 1 day, 20hrs and 44 mins to break the current World Record. One of the biggest challenges for all the runners at this point is going to be the high winds sweeping the track –coupled with an influx of runners in the 24hr race. Nothing is ever easy in an ultra-distance race, but I’m sure everyone could do without any added difficulties at this point!
4th #16 Dvoracek Vlastimil – CZE 1415 km 879 miles
7th #7 Lo Wei Ming – TPE 1369 km 850.5 miles
Vlastimil Dvoracek marginally increases his lead over Lo Wei Ming, now leading the Taiwanese runner by around 28.5 miles – but there’s still a long way to go in the race to 4th place.
5th #6 Okiyama Hiroko – JPN 1389 km 863 miles – Women’s no.1
6th #10 Hausmann Martina – GER 1377 km 855.5 miles- Women’s no.2
8th # 9 Tahkavuori Maria – FIN 1333 km 828 miles- Women’s no.3
The Women’s race is getting more dramatic as the hours go by. Hiroko Okiyama now moves into the lead, overtaking long-time Women’s race leader Martina Hausmann. Maria Tahkavuori remains in 3rd. But it isn’t all bad news for Martina, as if she completes the 1000 miles inside 16 days she will automatically become the Women’s age-group World Record holder – because as yet no woman of her age has ever completed the 1000 miles.
9th #13 Thanos Nikos – GRE 1207 km 750 miles
Nikos is still adding to his mileage and has reached the 750 mile mark. ¾ of the way covered, and ¼ still to go. But with only 3 days to run 250 miles, at this point Nikos would have to produce an amazing turn of speed to complete before the 16-day cut-off…
Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe – William Sichel’s training advisor – ULTRAfitnessTraining.com