Monaco “No Finish Line” 8 Day Race – 124hrs
Lots of email exchanges with Alan Young (who has managed to get some rest now that Tim Rainey has joined him in Monaco) so a few bits of information to pass on here.
William has been having rather a hard time throughout most of the event, not due to minor little things like running for hundreds of miles, but largely due to the conditions on the course.
Alan tells me that the “Course is much harder than in the past, and at times even more crowded.” (which is great news in terms of raising much needed money for the children’s charities involved, but rather less so for the leading runners).
The result of this is that William has been pretty much forced into walking for lengthy periods while, as Alan puts it, “weaving in and out of the crowds”.
This is of course very frustrating for everyone in “Team Sichel” as William has the physical capacity to be going a good deal faster, but a lot of the time he is (as Alan puts it) “almost walking at a speed of about 6kph” as the course conditions often won’t let him go any faster (naturally he’s breaking into a quicker pace when he’s able, but while it is one thing to maintain a fairly steady constant average pace for hours on end, it is another to try switching between bouts of slow zig-zaging and much faster running to try and increase distance).
Despite all of this, William is currently doing very well, still in the #2 spot and currently having reduced Didier Sessegolo’s lead from 50km to 39km during the last 4 hrs. The latest figures show William having covered 416.23 miles / 669.864 km before taking a short break (so realistically Didier will probably claw back some of his lead while William is off-track).
In such an extremely long ultra-distance race, challenges for the top position can be very drawn out and are often as much a psychological war of nerves as they are a physical test of endurance. In ultra-distance terms William and Didier have pretty much been going “head to head” for several days now, and this battle is set to continue for more than another two and a half days.
Both of these seasoned athletes will be fully aware that even one particually good or bad period of running over the next 68 hours could make all the difference between winning and coming second.
It’s safe to assume that if you blink you won’t miss anything, but it is still going to be nerve wracking watching the hours tick by and the distances increase…
Watch this space!
Shaun – www.ultrafitnesstraining.com
|lace||Dist.||Nb tour||Nom||Equipe||Cat||Pl Cat.||Dernier passage|
|1||722.748 km||533||SESSEGOLO Didier – (dos. 36)||PERFORMANCE SPORTS NUTRITION||V1M||1/751||123:50:03|
|2||669.864 km||494||SICHEL William – (dos. 46)||METROPOLE FASHION TEAM||V2M||1/416||122:45:56|
|3||573.588 km||423||CHEVILLON Bernard – (dos. 15)||ACM||V3M||1/152||123:57:53|
|4||562.74 km||415||BEAUMEL Jean Claude – (dos. 43)||ACM||V3M||2/152||123:51:00|
|5||557.316 km||411||HABASQUE Gerard – (dos. 26)||PERFORMANCE SPORTS NUTRITION||V1M||2/751||123:59:26|
|6||549.18 km||405||MIORIN Robert – (dos. 6)||ACM||V2M||2/416||123:54:44|
|7||549.18 km||405||BARNETT Sarah – (dos. 38)||MI||SEF||1/1199||123:59:52|
|8||541.044 km||399||JAMESON Iveagh – (dos. 24)||FONDATION SANCTA DEVOTA||V1M||3/751||123:59:21|
|9||538.332 km||397||DERRIEN Franck – (dos. 37)||MI||SEM||1/1090||123:53:12|
|10||517.992 km||382||FORCELLA Alain – (dos. 17)||PERFORMANCE SPORTS NUTRITION||V2M||3/416||124:01:09|
|11||478.668 km||353||LOQUET Patrice – (dos. 2392)||ACM||V2M||4/416||123:47:28|
|12||474.6 km||350||CHEVILLON Mimi – (dos. 14)||ACM||V1F||1/809||123:45:51|
|13||467.82 km||345||LARCHER Rene – (dos. 16)||US AIGREFEUILLE||V3M||3/152||123:53:27|
|14||452.904 km||334||ODOUARD Dominique – (dos. 10)||CFM||V2M||5/416||123:57:27|
|15||446.124 km||329||FOUNDLING HAWKER Heather Ruth – (dos. 6623)||FONDATION SANCTA DEVOTA||V1F||2/809||120:41:06|
|16||446.124 km||329||KLUKA Peter – (dos. 39)||CARITAS RIBEIRO MVT STE DEVOTE||V3M||4/152||123:59:01|
|17||440.7 km||325||BETAILLE Roger – (dos. 22)||FSN SAM||V2M||6/416||123:32:31|
|18||435.276 km||321||SHERRINGTON Abichal – (dos. 6808)||METROPOLE FASHION TEAM||V2M||7/416||123:55:19|
|19||433.92 km||320||ARZEL Jean Claude – (dos. 42)||ACM||V2M||8/416||120:35:50|
|20||419.004 km||309||SALILLAS GARCIA Garcia – (dos. 25)||SEM||2/1090||123:14:09|
|21||413.58 km||305||GILLARD Claude – (dos. 35)||V3M||5/152||123:52:37|
|22||410.868 km||303||DEFECHEUREUX Bernard – (dos. 41)||ECOTELEC ABYLON ROSNY SS BOIS||V2M||9/416||123:47:16|
|23||410.868 km||303||FOUCHARD DJEBLI ***** Annick – (dos. 1687)||MI||V3F||1/195||123:50:33|
|24||409.512 km||302||JEANNIN Christian – (dos. 31)||MI||V3M||6/152||123:58:38|
|25||397.308 km||293||SCHEFFER Christian – (dos. 5)||V2M||10/416||123:44:09|
|26||391.884 km||289||RUSSIAS Pierre – (dos. 4)||ACM||V3M||7/152||123:47:28|
|27||389.172 km||287||MARO Csaba – (dos. 33)||V1M||4/751||123:55:59|
|28||383.748 km||283||VOEGELI Dorothe – (dos. 6518)||CHILDREN et FUTURE||V1F||3/809||123:55:00|
|29||378.324 km||279||MOZSIK Jozsef – (dos. 21)||SEM||3/1090||123:36:35|
|30||378.324 km||279||COLLIOU Jean Claude – (dos. 11)||V3M||8/152||123:49:29|
|31||355.272 km||262||FLORIER Fabrice – (dos. 19)||CHPG||V1M||5/751||123:26:23|
|32||352.56 km||260||BOULITEAU Bernard – (dos. 32)||PERFORMANCE SPORTS NUTRITION||V1M||6/751||123:26:04|
|33||344.424 km||254||LANNOY Francis – (dos. 12)||V3M||9/152||123:57:07|
|34||334.932 km||247||JUDLIN Roland – (dos. 13)||V4M||1/80||124:01:02|
|35||328.152 km||242||PIERRE Patrick – (dos. 27)||V3M||10/152||123:59:29|
|36||325.44 km||240||RAMUSSEN Morten Emil – (dos. 29)||SEM||4/1090||123:46:40|
|37||317.304 km||234||NYSTROM Kg – (dos. 6724)||V4M||2/80||123:39:51|
|38||315.948 km||233||ESTATOF Bernard – (dos. 8)||MI||V3M||11/152||122:27:41|
|39||310.524 km||229||PERON Pascal – (dos. 28)||PERFORMANCE SPORTS NUTRITION||V|