STILTON Strider Richard Gray smashed his previous best ultra distance to complete an incredible 93 miles at a 24-hour running event last weekend.
Richard competed as a solo entrant at the Adidas 24-hour Thunder Run, while a team of eight of his Striders club-mates entered to run the event in relay.
Starting at midday on Saturday, runners were set the test of completing as many laps as possible of a tough 10km cross country loop at Catton Park, near Burton-on-Trent, including plenty of hills, woods and mud, before the finish at midday on Sunday.
The event was staged in high temperatures with runners donning head torches for the night-time hours.
Richard was supported by his wife on route to ensure he was getting the right amount of food. With lots of encouragement from fellow runners, marshalls and his club-mates, Richard finished in eighth place overall, managing to complete an incredible 15 laps, or 93 miles, having never run more than 50 miles previously.
The Striders’ team of eight was down to a team of seven by the morning of the run with Neil Jaggard having to pull out at the last minute with a twisted knee.
This left Julie Duley, Ian Mason, Ian Johnson, Barrie Moss, Rob Szabo, Andy Robinson and Wayne Hackett running the course as a relay.
The Striders finished in 39th out of 188 teams and completed a total of 26 laps for 260km.