Clowne Road Runner Battle covers 360 miles in six days at New York’s ‘Self Transcendence’ race

Steve Battle, right, after taking second overall in a 48 hour race at Balatonfured in Hungary
Steve Battle, right, after taking second overall in a 48 hour race at Balatonfured in Hungary

Ultra road specialist Steve Battle travelled all the way to New York for his latest race, a six-day ‘Self Transcendence’ event based at Flushing Meadhows, Corona Park.

This was the 18th running of the event, which started at 12pm on Thursday and lasted six days.

The race attracts an international field of runners who come to test their endurance, skill with pacing, and ability to recover from the stress of constantly moving.

The competitors run with minimal sleep, all the while trying to accumulate as many miles as possible.

The course is a very flat, scenic, one mile loop, in a pleasant park setting near the famous areas of the World’s Fair of 1964 and close to the USTA facility, home of the US Open.

Clowne Road Runner Battle finished in fourth place.

On the first day he set off at hard pace and covered 80 miles, before running 55, 49, 52 and 72 respectively on the following days.

Rother Valley Country Park was the setting for the Blue Bell Wood ‘Colour Dash’ 5k run.

Clowne ladies Karen Shipman, Suzanne Leusby, Lynn Hazelton and Emma Mackie along with their children were among the hundreds supporting and raising much needed funds for this inspiring organisation.

After last year’s success Blue Bell Wood Children’s Hospice again pelted colour at the runners as they ran, walked and jogged around the 5km course.