WORLD AND COURSE RECORDS SHATTERED BY SA ATHLETES
by Michelle Carnegie
31 July 2018
An athlete from the Nedbank Running Club (NRC) shattered two world records at the Cape Town Festival of Running while another not only won the 100km event of the race, but also blazed to a new course record.
Tim Stones from the NRC in East London set two world records, firstly the World Deaf Road and all-surfaces 50km Record (5:07) and secondly the British Deaf 100km Road and all-surfaces Record (12:58).
“I competed at a 24-hour track race in Polokwane in April, and en route I managed to set seven Deaf World Records - 6 hours, 12 hours, 50km, 50 Miles, 100km, 150km, and 24 hours. This lead me to decide that I would like to test myself at the Cape Town Festival of Running 100km, on Saturday 21 July - a race I last ran 20 years ago, in 1999,” said Stone.
Unfortunately, in early May, Stone picked up a hip flexor injury, which meant no running for just over six weeks. “Thus, in my build up to the 100km, from 5 May, my longest training run had only been 13km. I knew I would have to rely on mental strength to endure this particular challenge, but thankfully also had several big distance races under my belt from which I could draw on memory when the going got tough,” said Stone. Two years ago he won a 10-day race, breaking the SA age group record, with 886.748km.
The race started in near perfect conditions, with runners running a 5km loop along the Sea Point Promenade. “I focused on each lap, rather than the distance. The first 45km were straight forward, with the last 5km leading to the halfway mark a bit of a pull as I was feeling physically, but more mentally tired. I had focused on a good 50km split, with much uncertainty how the second half would go, whether I could even make it. I was enormously relieved to break my own 50km Deaf World Record, in 5:07min, taking 20 minutes off the previous time.”
After a 20-minute rest, Stone decided to walk the next 5km. “After that lap, I ran another 5km, and then a third, and with 65km in my legs there was no way I was not going to finish the race. I found myself rejuvenated, feeling strong mentally and with more in me physically than I had realized. I pushed through the incredibly hard middle section, lap after lap until, with just 15km to go, I realised I had a chance to break 13 hours, which I had not previously done in a 100km race. I gave those last three laps everything I had, and finally came home in 12:58 minutes - a 20-minute PB, and a new National Deaf 100km Road and all-surfaces Record. I felt relieved that I had managed to keep it together, and stay the course - and, frankly, surprised but enormously happy to have managed to break the Deaf World Record, and a National Deaf Record.
Stone has been invited to compete at the ‘Six Days in the Dome’ race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, next August - an elite, 6-day race along a track used by one of the USA Olympic teams.
“I am incredibly honoured to run for the Nedbank Running Club, and am grateful for the support and encouragement received, especially from my fellow Greenies in East London! I am also inspired by my sons, Brendan and Rory - who show me every day what courage under fire looks like. Brendan (11) lives with a rare and potentially terminal brain disease called MoyaMoya, which starves the brain of oxygen, triggering strokes and seizures. Rory has survived third degree burns, which he suffered aged 18 months. I run first and foremost to honour my boys, and whenever the race becomes especially tough, I dig deeper, picturing my sons waiting for me at the finish line, cheering their old man on. As I cheer for them, and their tenacity, every single day.”
At the same event team mate Lehlohonolo Nyombane from the NRC in the Western Province won the 100km event while blazing to a new course record of 7:39:40. “The race was fantastic,” said Nyombane, who struggled around the 85km mark feeling hungry and tired. “But thanks to my teammates I managed to pick up the pace again and moved into second position. I pushed on till I got to first position with about 10km to go,” said Nyombane, who used the recent Comrades Marathon as preparation for the race.
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