The field was stacked. More athletes than ever before went sub-seven hours
I had to dig really deep and tough it out but ultimately I achieved my goal – to nail sub-seven hours at the 2014 IAU 100km World Championships. The event was held in Doha, Qatar. I had a really good race, running to my plan and keeping my pace consistent throughout the 20 laps of the 5km route. I was in 40th position after the first 10k but steadily worked my way through the field and eventually came 12th. From 20k onwards I wasn’t passed by anyone, which was really pleasing. Instead it was me passing other people. The only problem was I ran out of kilometres! I was catching other runners all the time and in the end missed out on 11th place by just 30 seconds and 10th place by 80 seconds.
Although 12th was great in such a stacked field, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed as my aim was a top-10. I finished 11th at the same championships in 2012 and really wanted to go top-10 this time, but that’s just the way things happen sometimes, I guess. Then again, my main goal was always to go sub-seven hours and I did that, clocking 6:56:45 so perhaps I shouldn’t be too harsh on myself. It was a very, very tough field and a race in which more athletes than ever before ran under seven hours, including winner Max King (6:27:43). Below are my splits for the race.
Next up is Coast to Kosci – a 240km race from the sea to the summit of Australia’s highest mountain
It’s been a huge year for me with lots of ultra races all across the world, including the likes of Western States 100 and Ultra-Trail Mt Fuji. I have one major race left in 2014 and that is the Coast to Kosci. This is a 240km race which starts at Boydtown Beach, in New South Wales, and goes all the way to the summit of Kosciuszko (Australia’s highest mountain at 2,228m in height) and onto the finish at Charlotte Pass. It will be a new challenge for me and one I am really looking forward too.