Hunton completes epic 100-mile challenge on the track

Driffield endurance runner Matthew Hunton clocked up a century of miles at the Track 100 in St Ives, Cambridgeshire in 18 hours and 55 minutes.

He was one of 36 starters who set off at 10am on Saturday 29th October, but one of only 21 to finish.

The challenge, organised by events company Cockbain, tasks runners to complete 100 miles around a 400m running track inside 24 hours.

Cockbain describes the event as ‘ideal for beginners to get that 100-miler required for harder events’.

According to Hunton, it certainly was hard, but it was the first time he’d managed to finish such an event.

“This is an event I wanted to tick off the list and, having been unable to complete previous 100-mile challenges, I really wanted to get this one done,” he told the Wolds Weekly.

“I ran the first half in really good time, so I knew that I could almost walk the second half and still finish it within the 24 hours.

“My target was to finish within 20 hours and I managed that fairly well.

“The second half was pretty brutal, but I tried to keep to a good pace.

“Running on a loop around a track, it’s fairly mundane, not like a trail run with different scenery.

“On a track, with no undulations, you’re using the same muscles for nearly 20 hours, so you have to be wary of cramp and it’s much harder on your feet too.

“I had a sleep in the car before setting off home as I finished when it was still dark in the morning, but driving home was really tough as my legs were in bits.”

To add to the challenge, competitors are banned from using headphones whilst running and are not allowed any trackside support.

With temptation of parked cars just yards away, Hunton said it is tough to remain concentrated, however he praised the support of other runners.

“You have to get your head down and concentrate,” he said.

“When you have headphones in, either listening to music or a podcast, you get in the zone and don’t really think about the running.

“Without them, you can easily have negative thoughts and with your car parked right there at the side of the track, the temptation to get in and drive home.

“Fortunately, a lot of the other runners were really nice people and I got chatting to some of them.

“However, once you start to see them drop out, you have those thoughts once again.

“I’m delighted to have finished it, but I won’t be doing any 100-milers next year, however I am due to run the 40-mile Wold Rangers Way.”

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