100 miles

Richard McChesney - my first 100 miler
After the completion of my first 100 miler at the 2013 Sri Chinmoy 24 hour race in Auckland, NZ – with my three sons who were my support crew for the race

As a race-walker, walking 100 miles in under 24 hours is the ultimate achievement.  Since I started race-walking in 2012 I have maintained a list of all the events I have completed that were 100 miles or further.

To date that is 21 events in four different countries, with 11 of them taking less than 24 hours.

The table below lists each of these walks along with my 100 mile time and additional comments.  And where I’ve written about the walk, I also have a link to the report within this blog.

No. Date Race/Event 100 mile Time Comments
1 4-5/10/13 Sri Chinmoy 24 hour
Auckland, NZ
23:41:00 Total distance 162.885km (101.2 miles)
My first 100 miler!
Second of three walkers in the race and 9th overall.
NZ Centurion C19.
2 2-3/8/14 Centurions 100 mile track race
Southend, UK
22:39:00
PB
UK Centurion C1131
Finished 7th overall in a new PB
3 20-21/9/14 Roubaix 28 hour
Roubaix, France
22:15:00*
PB
Total distance 186.069km (115.6 miles)
My longest race to date and the strongest competition I have faced.
Walked a 100 mile PB of 22:15 and a 24 hour PB of 171.212km (106.4 miles).
Finished 18th overall.
4 28-29/3/15 Les 24 heures de Chateau Thierry
France
23:42:00* Total distance 162.514km (101.0 miles)
A very hilly 2.4km circuit.
Finished 18th in a strong field but was disappointed with the result.
5 2-3/5/15 Thames Path 100 25:02:36 My first trail 100 miler. Much harder than a road or track 100.
6 23-24/5/15 Grand Union Canal Race 26:00:00* Total distance 235km (145 miles)
Birmingham to London via the Grand Union Canal – 145 miles – my longest walk to date.
7 5-8/8/15 Privas 72 hour race 35:30:00* Total distance 283.599km (176.25 miles)
My first multi-day race – my longest walk to date.
And in temperatures of up to 39 degrees!
NZ 48 hour record!
8 19-20/9/15 Roubaix 28 hour
Roubaix, France
21:45:00*
PB
Total distance 205.090km (127.5 miles)
Finished 7th overall.
100 mile PB of 21:45 and New Zealand 200km record of 27:27:12!
9 11-12/3/16 M25 Circumnavigation 26:19:00* Total distance 285km (177 miles)
Not a race, but a solo challenge.
10 14-15/5/16 Continental Centurions 100 mile/24 hour race 20:58:27
PB
Total distance 183.5km (114 miles)
Finished 7th at the end of the 100 mile race and 1st after 24 hours.
100 mile PB and NZ record.
NZ Best 24 hour distance.
11 28-29/5/16 Grand Union Canal Race 23:52:00* Total distance 235km (145 miles)
Birmingham to London via the Grand Union Canal – 145 miles – 6 hours and 20 minutes faster than last year!
12 23-29/10/16 6 jours de France
(Privas 6 day race)
30:00:00* Total distance 614.192km (381.7miles)
Finished 3rd and broke NZ records for 48 hours and 500km but narrowly missed the 6 day record (although set an NZ M45 age group record)
13 20-21/4/17 Dublin to Belfast Ultra 23:42:00* Total distance 172km (107 miles)
Finished 4th overall (1st/only runner)
14 5-7/5/17 M25 Circumnavigation 25:10:00* Total distance 254km (158 miles)
Not a race, but a solo challenge.
Fastest Known Time for M25 circumnavigation – on foot.
15 27-28/5/17 Grand Union Canal Race 27:31:00* My first ultra-marathon DNF.  I made it through to 100 miles for the 15th time, but I couldn’t continue.
16 28-30/6/17 Thames Ring 250 28:30:00* My second ultra-marathon DNF!
I made it to 132 miles.
17 20-26/8/17 6 jours de France
(Privas 6 day race)
27:11:00* Total distance 500.403km (311 miles)
I was mentally weak and struggled for the majority of the race.  Character building 🙂
18 16-17/9/17 Roubaix 28 hour race 22:20:00* Total distance 201.388km (125.2 miles)
Finally, a decent result after a few disappointments during the summer
19 21-22/4/18 French 24 hour race-walking championships – Dijon 22:39:00* Total distance 170.714km (106.1 miles)
My 10th sub 24 hour 100 miler. Placed 5th overall.
20 19-20/5/18 Continental Centurions 100 mile/24 hour race 20:44:11
PB
Total distance 185.129km (115 miles)
Finished 3rd at the end of the 100 mile race and 1st after 24 hours.
100 mile PB and NZ record.
24 hour PB and NZ record.
21 9-10/6/18 Last One Standing (England) 24:21:29* Total distance 147.6 miles (237.5km)
First overall!
22 19-25/8/18 6 jours de France
(Privas 6 day race)
29:47:00* Total distance 351 miles (564.6km)
Finished 4th and improved my NZ 48 hour record as well as setting NZ M50 records for 500km and 6 days.
23 5-6/9/18 Royan 48 hour race 23:44:00* Total distance 178.466km (173 miles)
Won the race with my best ever 48 hour distance, although this can only be recorded as an NZ Best due to the race not having any race-walking judges.
No. Date Race Time Comments

*   Estimated time during a longer event