Aleksandr Sorokin

Aleksandr Sorokin smashes world 100K record

Sam Amend amends her own British 100 mile record in Bedford

Could you run a kilometre in 3:39? Or keep going at that pace for 5K in 18:15? Now try getting your head around running 100K in 6 hours, 5 minutes, 41 seconds non-stop for a new world record!

Of all the epic post-pandemic records that highly trained but under-raced endurance athletes have set this might just be the best yet so take a bow, Aleksandr Sorokin from Lithuania, who erased Japan's Nao Kazami's 6:09:14 world best from 2019 in a Centurion Running Track 100 race at Bedford on Saturday 23 April.

Centurion Track 100 is an elite event focused on 100 miles, with splits also recorded at 50K, 50 miles, 100K, six hours and 12 hours. Sorokin is already known to runABC readers after he had broken the world records for 100 miles (11:14:56) and 12 hours (170,309.45 metres) at Ashford in April last year.

This time his sole target was the 100K world best which he demolished in style at Bedford, despite cool and blustery conditions, sweeping through 50K in 3:01:51 and 50 miles in a new world M40 record 4:53:41, before adding the world six-hour record (98,496kms) on his way to that stunning 100K record. His average pace throughout was 3:39/km or 5:53/mile! 

Alexander Whearity was the leading GB male at 100K (7:31:16) and he was leading the race at 12 hours (152,238kms) and was the overall 100 miles winner in 12:42:04.

World 100K champion Camille Heron won the women's 100K in 7:39:06 while Samantha Amend (Belgrave Harriers) came through to win the 100-mile race in a new British Record 14:10:41, annexing the European 12-hour record with 140,310kms on the way. Sam also added a UK W40 record for 50 miles (6:36:27) on a day of mind-boggling record performances. 

Image of Aleksandr Sorokin courtesy Steve Ashworth for Centurion Running

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