As he stood at the start line on Saturday 17 September Adam didn't have a plan about just how he was going to run 100 miles in 24 hours. He started counting the first few laps then realised it was pointless, it didn't change anything and all that mattered was to keep going. So for a few minutes at the end of each hour he ate and drank and apart from that it was a case of going around, and around and around.
He said: “The hours merged into each other. The score board was updated each hour, I was slowly racking up the miles, a marathon before I hit 5 hours, 40 miles before it went dark and so on. I was lucky that friends came to give encouragement at different times despite it being a less than thrilling spectator sport and I chatted to a few fellow runners on the way around, which also helped the time pass.
“After a dark few hours during the night (in my mind not just literally) I’d passed the half way mark so it was a big motivator that I was counting the clock down from 12 hours and my body was still holding out, although I nearly fell asleep stood up in the toilets!
“Once the sun came up and the race organisers brought out breakfast (taken whilst walking of course) I could start thinking about finishing but I was desperate to reach my goal. After twenty two and a half hours I finally did to much relief, but kept on for another four miles just to keep moving otherwise I would have seized up. My wife and baby son were allowed to join me on the track for the final lap which made the whole ending extra special as I crossed the line for the final time on 24 hours and after 420 laps, 104 miles hours and a lot of sugar!
About 20% of runners dropped out before 24 hours and I managed to come 18th in the end so very pleased. ” It was as mentally tough as it was physically but I kind of enjoyed it in a strange way and ultimately we’ve managed to raise some more money for a great cause. The race organisers and supporters were fantastic and so helpful as were all my friends and family.”