Helsinki – Scottish runner leads after 2hrs
At the 2hr mark, Scottish runner Paul Hart (#35) is leading the pack with 23.79 km. Paul is obviously off to a fast start, looking to make the GB team qualifying distance for the World Games. While I’m sure plenty of Scots will be cheering him on, it is important to remember that this is a 24hr race – so we have another 22hrs to go – and there are no prizes for leading the field in the early hours… Paul will have to be careful to pace himself to make the most of the full 24hrs or risk his speed and distance plummeting as the race draws on.
Another British runner, Mark Cockbain (#97) is also in a front position, currently in 13th position after 2hrs with 21.06 km. Mark is an experienced Ultra runner, and tends to favour long distance races like the Spartathlon & Badwater. Everyone here wishes him well.
William is off to a good start and sticking to his pre-race plan of keeping his speed down even in the early stages. In ultra-distance races, there is never a great deal of difficulty with running fast at the start of the race – but what really matters is the average speed maintained throughout the event. William will be using a run/walk strategy from the very beginning of the race to deliberately keep his speed down in the earlier stages, aiming to continue at roughly the same pace throughout the entire race. William will be focusing mainly on maintaining a good run throughout the 24hrs as
this will be his last event before the 1000 mile race in Athens a little later this year. Even though William is keeping a careful eye on his speed to avoid running too fast to early on, he is currently among the higher positioned runners being in 17th position out of a field of 99 male starters, and having also run 21.06km (at the time he was about 2 seconds behind Mark Cockbain for approximately the same distance, and as I write is around 2.5 km behind race-leader Paul Hart).
More after the 3hr mark.
All the best,