Dave Parry (Human Performance Unit Manager) and Dr Dominic Micklewright (Sport Psychologist) from the Human Performance Unit at the University of Essex will be conducting some research to help understand more about feelings and performance in ultra-endurance athletes.
They will be asking participating runners at various points during the race to call out a single numerical rating of their perceived exertion.
You will not be required to stop running to participate in the study, which has been specifically designed not to interfere with your race.
Both Dave and Dominic have undertaken studies at a number of endurance events, ranging from the Badwater Ultramarathon to ultra distance triathlons.
We will email all competitors closer to the date of the race to confirm whether you are willing to participate in this study. We hope that the majority of entrants will support this research as we are sure it will provide some fascinating scientific findings.
We saw some amazing running in the uncharacteristically muddy conditions the other weekend, including yet another course record on the 100k by Chris Kelly from Vegan Runners UK: Community, who finished in an astounding time of 8hrs 9mins. We also saw a new course record set by Alice Mcgushin from Clapham Chasers, who finished in a fantastic time of 10hrs 37mins and came 8th overall. In total 107 runners finished in Brantham before the cut-off in the 100k race. Framlingham Flyers took the team prize for the first three finishers with the lowest cumulative time.
We also had an exciting race in the 50k with a new course record set by Pete Dyson from Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, who became the first runner to finish the route in a sub-4hr time. We also saw a course record set by Johanna Oregan from St Neots Riverside Runners who finished 5th overall in 4hrs 12mins. In total a record 180 runners made it to the finish within the cut-off and Victoria Park Harriers claimed the team prize with runners finishing 1st, 3rd and 4th overall.