OVERSEAS ATHLETES DOMINATE 24-HOURS
SELF-TRANSCENDENCE 24-HOUR TRACK RACE, Tooting Bec
THE annual Self Transcendence 24 track race, organised by Sri Chinmoy AC, took place with 45 runners setting off at midday with the aim of seeing how far they could run in 24 hours.
After the first few hours, Hungarian runner Norbet Mihalik was a clear leader for the men and Norway’s Terese Falk was leading the women’s race. They were to maintain these positions to the finish, both recording world-class times.
Mihalik has been living in Northampton the last few years and improving his performances steadily, most notably winning the 100-mile
North Downs Way race earlier this year.
At halfway he had covered 139km and a big distance looked possible if he could hold it together. He went through 100 miles in 14:05:12 and 200 km in 17:54:13 and was still looking strong and in control.
In the last six hours he maintained his pace to record an impressive 259.405km to rank sixth in the world 24-hour rankings for 2017.
Falk, the Norwegian women’s 24-hour record-holder, came into the race with a PB of 228km and by halfway she had covered 127.5km.
She reached 100 miles in 15:19:03 and 200km in 19:36:15.
Although slowing slightly in the last four hours, she maintained her form to break her existing national record with over an hour to go. Her final distance of 236.803km gave her second place in the race and ranks her ninth in the women’s 24-hours ranking for 2017.
Behind Falk, GB international Isobel Wykes, running her first long ultra after a spell out with an injury, achieved a solid 203.415km while second place in the men’s race went to Jamie Hauxwell with 222.576km.
In all 24 runners achieved over 100 miles, with nine surpassing the 200km barrier.
Mixed events: 24-hour: 1 N Mihalik (N’hant RR, M35) 259.405; 2 T Falk (NOR, W40) 236.802; 3 J Hauxwell (Unatt) 222.575; 4 M Blackburn 218.257; 5 A Jordan (Harp A, M50) 214.000; 6 T Sekretarczyk (M50) 213.168; 7 C Rasmussen (DEN,
M40) 205.847; 8 I Wykes (Truro,
W35) 203.415; 9 R Freeman (BRA, M35) 200.458; 10 M Hardie (Ports J, M45) 197.058; 11 S Kilpatrick (RRC, M55) 189.753; 12 M Bissell (Knows) 189.468; 13 B Robb (Bitt) 186.751; 14 D More (Metro, M40) 186.441; 15 J Suckling (Slinn, M40) 181.408; 16 A Yates 179.484; 17 P Rowlinson (Clap C, M50) 178.119; 18 N Kapoor (Trent P, M45) 175.815; 19 C Smith (Serp, W40) 171.190; 20 R Tullett (Ports J, M55) 169.412; 21 I Ferguson (Falm, M35) 164.514; 22 L Latimer (Jura
AC, M40) 163.773; 23 E Macmillan (Unatt, M40) 163.624; 24 S Bolton (Melth, M35) 161.419; 25 A Venis
(BLR) 153.133; 26 R Glover (GWR,
W40) 151.055; 27 D Peters (Unatt, M40) 145.345; 28 A Finn (Torb, M40) 143.877; 29 P Seabrook (Finch C, W75) 132.071; 30 M Masnik (TVH) 131.200; 31 J Aideborn (SWE, W35) 130.597; 32 K Clarke (Sri Chinmoy MT, M50) 130.587; 33 J Young (Meltham AC) 130.000; 34 G Oliver (100KM, M80) 128.800; 35 R Hartikainen (Hinckley
RC, M50) 114.997; 36 R Keefe (Falm, M45) 114.908; 37 A Jennings (IRL, W40) 103.600; 38 J Quinn (Serp, M45) 102.000; 39 K Sullivan (Bristol West/ AUS, M65) 100.800; 40 D Hannon (IRL, M40) 100.400;
Norbet Mihalik: 259km in a day