Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 24hr race

How are the preparations going?


My mileage has dropped from an average of 100 miles per week to around 80 – 85 for the past month.  This has been mainly due to external pressures… you know… things other than running (!).  I’m not worried about this at all – it should mean that arrive on the starting line fresh and “slightly under-cooked” as opposed to “a bit burnt”.

I’m into my taper now,  this means that mileage will drop considerably for the remaining 10 days before the race.  I won’t be running it slowly though – the aim is to increase the tempo a bit, so that the pace I’m aiming for at Tooting will seem ridiculously slow.  For example, this morning I ran a nice little 4 mile tempo at close to 6:00 pace, this afternoon I may attempt a sub-6 pace. 

In between these tempo sessions I will be jogging a few miles very slowly.  I will probably try to run every day until the race as I find that my legs complain when I’m not running – they tend to “turn off”.

I’ve just recieved the list of competitors from the lovely Shankara (Race Director).  I must admit that I’m a bit daunted by the depth of the field and amazed by the international flavour.  There will be runners from Sweden, Norway, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium amongst others.  A total of 45 have entered.

There is lots remaining for me to organise.  I still need to get on-line and order my gels, Nuun and protein bars.  I need to check tentage and camping stove arrangements with Nick and get my blasted iPod Shuffle replaced for the nth time! 

I have been working on my pace chart for a few weeks now – and I’m finally fairly confident that I’ve got it right.  My crew, and I, will know (to the second) what pace I need to run each lap in.  I have broken the race into 4 x 6hr sections with a pace and distance goal for each section.  This takes into account a controlled slowing and walking breaks.

Most of my training from now until race day will be mental.  By that, I mean that it will be psychological – I don’t mean that I will be running crazy mileage!

I will copy a post I made on RunningAhead about mental preparation in another post.

Have had contact with a few others who will be running in Tooting – Lee Chamberlain (who has just broken the World Record for 7 days on a treadmill – you need to get out more Lee), Anth Courtney and a few others.  I also recognise many other names: Ken Fancett (of course), Robin Gardner (who was just behind me at Crawley), Reima Hartikainen (Swedish international who performed well at the World Championships), Stefan Lindvall (another Swede who consistently performs well), Smiler Sid, Geoff Oliver (multiple world record holder at aged 76!!!), Richard Quennell (won the Draycote 35 and was 2nd at Faversham), Carl Sommer (33 min 10k man with 3 24hr races under his belt).

The competition will be tough.

But I will achieve my goals.

Happy running to you all.


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9 Responses to “Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 24hr race”

  1. Richard Quennell Says:


    My calendar looks pretty full for the next 6 months already. I am running the Luton Marathon in December and then I have two back to back 40 milers (Jan), Draycote 35 (Feb), Jurassic Oner – 78.6 (Mar), Crawley 12 hour (Apr). I hope the marathon goes well for you.


    • Tom Says:

      Hi Richard,

      That looks good. I was thinking about Luton, but decided on Brighton in April.
      I’ll be running the Doyen of the Downs in December – not racing it, but using it as a decent training run. Apart from that, I’ve got some cross country league races and the usual marathon build up next year (10k, 10mi, 1/2). Pretty standard stuff. You should be aiming for well over 80 at Crawley I think. I won it with 76ish – but would now be looking for 80, so you should be easily over that! I might turn up and run the marathon – but it’s only 2 weeks before my goal race, so again, it would be a training run.

  2. Richard Quennell Says:


    Thanks for the support on the day and I hope to see you at more events in the future. Thanks also to your support crew for their shouts as well.


    • Tom Says:


      It was a pleasure to see you race so well again. I know how much you were hurting – a brilliant effort and one deserving of an England/GB vest.

      I am over the disappointment now – and looking for next race. Will probably try a relatively fast road marathon in the Spring. You?

  3. NaderAlfie Says:

    I am pulling for you as well, Tom!

    I believe my legs shut off before my goal race, as well, because I stopped running in the lead-up days.

    Incidentally, how will you get that shuffle to run for 24 hours?

    • Tom Says:

      Hi Nader! Good to see you here old buddy.
      The shuffle? Gah! I’m now on my 4th 2nd gen 1Gb shuffle – I believe they’ve stopped making them now. I reckon it is the sweat which kills them. Have purchased one of the new, tiny, ones with the controls on the headphones – only problem is that you have to use the blasted Apple headphones which are rubbish. A friend has also given me her shuffle to use – should have sufficient music! Only planning to use music for around 8hrs of the race, so I should be ok!
      How is your running going?

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  5. Dopplebock Says:

    Cheers – I am pulling for you and hope I lose our bet.

    I am excited to see the fruit of all your hard work, I am not sure how I will get updates, but I will be searching for them.

    Good running to you!

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