New York 6 Day Road Race

Tomorrow morning I leave home and head to New York’s Flushing Meadows Park, near the National Tennis Centre for the 15th running of the non-stop 6 Day road running event organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team.

I remain unbeaten in 6 day races since my debut in Monaco in 2006.  I’ve since won further events in Monaco (2007), Hamm in Germany (2008) and Balaton in Hungary (2011). I have a current overall world ranking of No 2 in the 6 day event.

“I’ll certainly have my work cut-out in New York, as I’ll be up against previous New York winners Ashprihanal Aalto from Helsinki and Rimas Jakelaitis from Lithuania.  ‘Round the World’ runner Jesper Olsen from Denmark, will also be putting in an appearance. I’m in good shape and I’m looking forward to a good, competitive race.”

A capacity entry of 25 men and 13 women from 18 countries will battle it out over 144 hours, on a one mile circuit, close to the National Tennis Centre in Flushing, New York.  A 10 day race also takes place at the same venue, finishing at the same time as the 6 day race.

The New York event has a long history and is one of the few events, nowadays, to rely on manual lap counters, who operate in 6 hour shifts, counting and time recording every runner’s laps as they pass by.

In May last year, I set a new overall British road record for the greatest distance run in 6 days, 518.34 miles.  This was also a new World Age-Group record.

Follow the race here on my blog thanks to Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe of