Odds against Bri­ton Al­bon

The Citizen (KZN) - - FRONT PAGE - Lon­don

– Bri­tish en­durance ath­lete Jonathan Al­bon (above) could be $1 mil­lion richer by to­mor­row – all he has to do is win a 24-hour race, cover at least 100 miles and con­quer dozens of ob­sta­cles.

The 29-year-old, who lives in Nor­way, has a shot at the huge cash bonus af­ter win­ning the Spar­tan World Cham­pi­onship in the US and the Spar­tan Tri­fecta World Cham­pi­onship in Greece.

That leaves the Spar­tan Ul­tra World Cham­pi­onship in Ice­land, which is a 24-hour mul­ti­ple-lap event. The win­ner is the ath­lete who runs the most com­plete laps within the time limit.

To be el­i­gi­ble for the Spar­tan $1 mil­lion Tri­fecta, the win­ner must also com­plete 100 miles (161km) or more.

In or­der to qual­ify to race in win­try Ice­land, Al­bon was re­quired to com­plete a 50km Spar­tan Ul­tra in less than 10 hours – and he opted to do that in Malaysia last week­end be­fore dashing back to Europe.

Al­bon is now about to swap the “sauna-like heat” of Malaysia for freez­ing con­di­tions in Ice­land.

He is not so con­cerned about that – he is al­lowed to come in briefly af­ter each lap to stock up on equip­ment and food – but the per­for­mance of last year’s win­ner does not fill him with con­fi­dence.

“The odds are stacked against me,” he told AFP. “Last year’s win­ner man­aged 71 miles.

“It’s not go­ing to be a walk in the park but I want to do my­self jus­tice,” he said. “If I feel I can’t run the 100 miles in the 24 hours I will pull up as I have made enough money this year.” – AFP

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