I recon John Wagstaffs triple Welsh 3000s in just a shade under 23hrs is mind blowing, but to be able to physically run the entire Pennine Way, rest a bit,but not much, and then complete the same route again, all under nine days.
Us mere mortals thinking competing in our annual Snowdon 26.2 jaunt is a challenge, but Elite Ultra Distance running takes a special kind of person, one who can withstand extreme fatigue and still continue.
Eight people have now completed a back to back running of the Long Distance path, thats almost 536miles of continuous running, with not many hours of sleep required to complete such an incredible task, and two of them i believe did it in under 8days.
Mike Cudahy was the first person to break that magic 72hrs or 3 days, and i think the quickest time now is 2days 17hrs, by Mile Hartley.
He only stopped for a mind blowing 18minutes to eat some Fish & Chips, and ran the entire distance virtually without stopping.
In Mr Cudahys book, "Far Trails to lost Horizons" he only took three hours sleep in the entire two and a bit days it took him to run the distance, and throughout his training, several weeks involved running close to 260miles a week.
There should be a special T Rex style column for those who have entered, but nearer the event, plan not to do it.
The Lake Vyrnwy Half is another race in question, where the entry limit of around 2000 fills up quicker than the river in and around Capel Curig, and around 7-800 never show up for the event.
Several hundred entrants, is a lot of people, people who could then get a refund on their money.
Granted, not all them will be on this Runners World thread, but quite a few may well be.
Come August September , there will be loads gagging for a place in the greatest road event anywhere in the Uk, and those sitting on an entry and keeping quiet about not doing it, will deny those who want to do it a place.
How about a special column for people to fill in their names, saying their pulling out of the race.
Lots of us could then plead,beg , promise them the earth for that elusive entry.