John Pares has wrirren a great account of his recent victory at the the Self-Transcendence 24 hour in Tooting Bec in London on Ultrarunner.
Self-Transcendence 24 Hour Race
Tooting Bec 6th & 7th October 2007
Whatever the reasons, whatever had been said, agreed and done, I was disappointed with my own performance at the World Challenge in Canada in July. The physical breakdown at 16 hours I could live with, and learn from, but the fact that Iâ€™d given up, mentally, was praying on my mind. Immediately after Canada Iâ€™d decided to enter Tooting Bec to prove to myself that I could do better. Andy Smith, one of the GB handlers at Drummondville had offered to support me during the race and I kindly accepted his offer. I set myself a series of targets for the race:
# To go further than Canada (>131 miles)
# To record a decent distance for this yearâ€™s rankings (>140 miles)
# A PB (>143 miles)
This was important as I had heard of several people who set a PB on their first 24 hour and never improved
# British and Commonwealth Number 1 (>147 miles)
Technically I didnâ€™t need to do this much for this year but I felt I had to pass Jim Rogersâ€™s distance from Verona 2006 to really make this claim.
# >150 miles
Read the whole article on Ultrarunner.co.uk