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Adam Chapman – 104 miles, 24 hours, 420 laps


The 24 hour Self Transcendence race is not everybody’s idea of a fun. The challenge is simply to complete as many laps of the standard running track as possible in the time. The only excitement comes from changing direction every 4 hours.


But Adam Chapman not only thought it would be a good challenge but has completely smashed it AND raised £1,760.25 (including Gift Aid) in the process.


 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.”

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