Self-Transcendence 24hr Race 2013

Marco Consani and Fionna Cameron both gained astonishing victories at the annual Self Transcendence 24 hour track race in London on 21st-22nd September, and in the process also achieved the GB 'A' selection standards.

Self-Transcendence 24-Hour Race Results 2013 »

The whole goal of a 24 hour race is to see how much distance you can cover in 24 hours. Circling the 400metre track 620 times in the 24 hours, Consani clocked up a total of 154 miles (248.1 km), a distance that moves him to third in the Scottish all time 24 hour list behind Don Ritchie (166miles) and Mick Francis (155 miles) and also in the top 20 all time GB performers. Cameron covered 134 miles (216.6 km) with 541 laps of the track, which co-incidentally places her third on the Scottish all time ladies list behind Sharon Law(140 miles) and Debbie Martin-Consani, Marco's wife (136.7 miles).
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  • Steve ThompsonOctober 5, 2013 at 6:49pm
    It's amazing to think that I only did this race to make up for having to pull out of the Thames Ring in July due to work. A fellow BRAT runner (thanks Kevin McMillan!) recommended that I should do this race with him...and then he had to pull out himself. This was my first ever race round a 400m track of any distance and I was dreading it.

    I need not have worried. It was brilliant. It took me a long time to get used to it, but after a while I realised what a great event it is. Running round a 400m track means you get banter on one bend and then food and drink from the enthusiastic volunteers at the other. Plus a wave to the counters every lap keeps you on your toes.

    Thanks to the volunteers and the support crews of the other runners (and my mum ,dad and lad too). I wish I'd known I was only about 1km short of 200km at the end....never mind, it gives me a reason to return! Reply
    • Geoff OliverOctober 17, 2013 at 5:43pm
      This old vintage veteran is totally in accord with the comments made by all of the other competitors.. Shankara and her legion of modest unassuming hard workers deserve the accolades given. It is an honour to gain entry into such a high ranking event. May the aspirations of the proven talented runners continue and the budding potential of others be fired for future success..

      Could ease of recognition be found for the demands from the counter to the runner via distinctive name on hat or frontal individual dress? All praise and continued future
      success at all levels. Reply
      • Shankara SmithOctober 18, 2013 at 8:27am
        Geoff, you are such an inspiration! There really is no-one like you, even the Vet 50 runners couldn't keep with your pace, and we are so thrilled that you set so many world age best records at our race. Reply
  • Shankara SmithOctober 5, 2013 at 1:01pm
    Thank you for all your lovely comments! We absolutely love putting on this race, it's so overwhelmingly inspiring to see you taking on the challenge of running 24 hours, facing your ups and downs and pushing on through. You are all heroes! Reply
  • Chris McCarthyOctober 4, 2013 at 1:37pm
    Everyone who has commented here has captured the event perfectly - the level of support and exceptional organisation, all delivered with endless smiles and positivity, set this race apart from anything I have done before. Thank you to everyone involved from the organisers to the counters, to the physios, to the support crews who gave a boost to every runner not just their own, and to my fellow runners - it was a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful event. 24 hours of running has gifted me a lifetime of memories. Reply
  • Ann BathOctober 4, 2013 at 7:49am
    An absolute honor to be part of such an awesome race this year, my 3rd time at Tooting and the support from everyone just never ceases to amaze me. From the lap counters, aid station helpers, officials, and the supporters of other runners cheering you on too!. It just gives you such strength to do achieve your absolute best possible, and it helps hugely through any bad patches. It was my first 24 hour 3 years ago and I would encourage anyone to not be scared of attempting it, and age means nothing, it is the mind that has to be even stronger than your legs! Reply
  • konstantinosOctober 3, 2013 at 4:54pm
    Amazing event and amazing organised and also amazing volunteers they gave us so much support and help well done to all of you with lots of love Konstantinos Reply
  • Nick ThomasOctober 3, 2013 at 9:20am
    Third year of racing and another really friendly, well organised event. Surely the only event which has a 24hr hot food buffet. Great volunteers. Reply
  • Marco ConsaniOctober 2, 2013 at 3:28pm
    I am so glad that when I decided to do my first 24 hour event that I decided to run this one. This event is fantastic and so well organised. Shankara and her team looked after all of the runners before, during and after to make sure we all had good runs. No wonder people keep coming back for more.
    I couldn't recommend the Tooting 24 enough to anyone wanting a go at 24 hour racing. Reply
    • Chris McCarthyOctober 4, 2013 at 1:28pm
      Marco - it was a pleasure to share the track with you and inspirational to watch you eat up the miles. Congratulations on a mightily impressive result and on your GB qualification . Reply
  • Rich KimmensOctober 1, 2013 at 6:04pm
    A fantastic event, incredibly well organised with brilliant support from all involved and a great camaraderie amongst the runners. I look forward to giving it a go again next year! Reply
    • Chris McCarthyOctober 4, 2013 at 1:26pm
      Rich - it was great to meet you at the race and chapeau for pushing on through when stomach distress and the call of a deep sleep were conspiring against you. See you out on the roads / trails / tracks. Reply
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