William in the press again – an article here in The Herald
William totalled 62.5 miles on day 25. His race total passed the 1400 mile mark. ending the day on 1422.49 miles.
The rrace leader after day 25 is still Sarvagata Ukrainski (Ukraine) with 1751.5 miles.
1st lady Sarah Barnett (Austrailia) passed 1550 miles (half way) late into the evening .
William once again starting the day strongly, slowed a bit in the midday sun but then ran strongly again in the evening.
Wllliam had a visit today from Kumar , his old Nepalese friend – they met and raced each other in the ‘Highland Fling’ a few years ago, when Kumar lived in Scotland (He now lives in New York).
Day 25y was a little cooler bt very very muggy with high humidity.
William has passed the 1300 mile point in his journey toward 3100 miles – but there’s more to this landmark than a simple reversal of some numbers. Adrian (Tarit) over in New York explained this :
“William reached 1300 miles earlier this morning in 23 days and 1 hour of racing!!” – please note, we are not claiming this as a 1300 mile record (William is only intending to claim records for multiples of 500 km and 500 miles e.g. 2000 km, 2500 miles etc) but the 1300 mile point has another significance.
Adrian continued : “One other scotsman (Al Howie from Ayrshire) had raced a distance of 1300 miles before, but now William is “boldly going” where no Scottish runner has gone before!!!”.
Yes, that’s right. No other Scottish athlete, of any age, has run further than 1300 miles in any officially measured race. Ever.
From this point on, every step William takes propels him a bit further into uncharted territory, and by default any times William sets for distances on the way to the 3100 mile finishing point are going to be Scottish records (and potentially British &or M60 age group records).
There’s going to be a lot more to come over the next 1800 miles….
PS – appologies for the lateness of this post, the internet connection here is very unstable at present (one of the drawbacks to blogging from the Northern Isles).
Photos from earlier today
Some photos from the race – more to come…
“Midnight arrives to close day 22, just after 11pm William reached 2000km (1242 miles) and closed the day with 1247 miles.”
This time/distance shouldl be a new M60 Scottish, GB & World Record
Adrian (Tarit) Stott tells me that “…So as of now. 5.pm Saturday William has completed 1158 miles”.
Some good news from the race, but first a little background.
For most of the race so far, William has been suffering from a calf strain. Although it has not been bad enough to stop William from continuing in the race, it was for several days severe enough that he was forced to only walk as running was too painful and too potentially damaging to the muscle.
Those of you who have been checking the daily distance totals on the offical race website – the latest updates to which are here – will have realised that William’s daily mileage hasn’t been as high as we might have liked, essentially because William has had to walk and not run during this period.
Speaking to William during the worst period of his calf problem, he described himself as being in “survival mode” with regard to the race, simply hanging on in their and doing his best to add whatever distance he could.
Every other lap or so he did some stretches on the calf, tried occasionally to run a lap just to see if the calf was feeling any better, but otherwise was walking for the entire day.
Tim Rainey told me during this period : “He sleeps with his feet up on a box. Feels like he’s getting good sleep. Waking up Ok.”
By yesterday morning (4th of July) the calf had improved a good deal, and at that point Tim wrote :
“William started well this morning. Running much more now 15 laps in the first 2 hours.”
And the latest news from Aidrian (Tarit) Stott – who is at the race and will shortly be taking over from Tim as William’s crewman – is that (Friday Night US time)it is :
“cooler tonight with a breeze and William and most of the runners are taking advantage of the conditions to run strongly right up to midnight when they retire to sleep! william’s calf seems to have settled down and he is having his best day of the week and is headng for a 60 mile plus day.”
With a tad of luck this will mark a return to focused running for William, who at the end of Day 19 of the race had covered 1061.38 miles and thus had just over another 2000 miles still to cover.
Tim Rainey told me earlier today, in a rather understated way, that “…everyone takes their national holiday seriously here. Even the Ukranians. That’s Stutisheel with the stars and stripes shorts.”
After the heat of the last few days, the tropical storm “Arthur” hit the race last night. Tim Rainey at trackside wrote :
“Quite amazing change in the weather. Mostly prepared for. People rubbing for cover and crowding on where ever they could. Lap counters too.”
The photos pretty much tell the story…