... And while I was at it, I thought I'd try to pick up the four short ultra WRs which I'd let go by in Hull, having found previously that I don't seem to be able to run 8 minute miles for 30 miles and then immediately change down gears to run 12 minute miles for another 100 miles.
At first, all went according to the plan of 140 maximum heart rate and 2 minute laps of the 400m track. By 75 laps, however, I had to choose between going slower or letting the heart rate climb : last year, as an M69, I'd chosen the latter, this year, with almost 5 years in hand before becoming an M75, I chose the former. But when I reached the 95 lap point with 1 hour 1 minute and a few seconds to go to the 125lap/50km WR (4:16:50), it didn't take my mathematical brain much more than a minute to work out that if I could get back to 2 minute lapping for the next 30 laps, I would crack it by, er, 1 minute and a few seconds. And so it proved.
Or did it? Approaching the 30 miles mark, some 72 seconds too late for the WR, the Race Director told me that there was some doubt as to the authenticity of the track (because it hadn't been re-certified when it had been relaid in the Spring), so he was going to time me at two points for the 50km record. So when I went through the start/finish line for the 125th time, 39 seconds inside the old WR, the said Race Director was standing with his stopwatch at the start of the back straight, 130 metres away. I reached him in 4:16:49, 1 second to spare.
Similar nonsense occurred at the 40 mile and 50 mile marks, but with 2 minutes and 9 minutes to spare, respectively, I hope that at least these two WR's will be ratified, if not all three.
Despite being "all beat up" by that 130 metre sprint, I was first in the race to 50 miles by nearly an hour, but I'd had enough and DNF'd. Again.
That was followed by another DNF at Tooting Bec, also after 50 miles, the effect of the Portland 30 lap and 130m sprint still apparent 2 weeks later. Not to worry, there are at least 20 more 24-hour races before I reach my 75th birthday : plenty of time to get the missing 30 miles and 200km records.
DISTANCE M 65 - 69 ROAD M 65 - 69 TRACK M 70 - 74 TRACK 30 miles WR 3:37:13 25May96 BR 4:07:08 27Sep97 50 km WR 4:05:56 25May96 WR 4:16:11 27Sep97 40 miles BR 5:38:26 25May96 WR 5:49:44 27Sep97 50 miles WR 6:51:22 21May95 WR 7:07:11 25May96 WR 7:34:31 27Sep97 100 km CR 9:13:56 23May93 CR 10:13:58 12Oct96 WR 10:31:30 2Aug97 12 hours CR 116.812k 12Oct96 WR 109.950k 2Aug97 150 km BR 16:45:36 24May97 WR 16:56:15 2Aug97 100 miles BR 18:27:59 24May97 WR 18:16:47 2Aug97 24 hours BR 177.430k 24May97 WR 191.019k 2Aug97 (110miles 440yds) (118miles 1220yds) Key 23May93 Holme Pierrepont 25May96 Doncaster 2Aug97 Hull 21May95 Holme Pierrepont 12Oct96 Tooting Bec 27Sep97 Portland,Oregon 24May97 Doncaster WR = World Record CR = Commonwealth Rec. BR = British Record