How to win an ultramarathon?

We posted earlier in the year about Caversham local, Shane Johnston undertaking the challenge of running 1000kms of the Bibbulmun Track in 10 days. Well now he has gone and won an ultramarathon in Europe.

It took Shane just 16 hours and 41 minutes to win the epic race, with steep elevations between some of Europe’s tallest mountains from Italy to Switzerland. He felt it took a determined mindset to run the 100km ultramarathon. Keeping a positive mindset and only focusing on the little things that he could control.

He entered because he wanted to complete a marathon in Europe with steep mountains, that would be an epic challenge. In the race the Europeans started strong, but soon waned with altitudes that went up to 3000 metres and minus 3 temperatures. At the 80km mark Shane pulled into a pit stop in first place and then went full pelt to the finish line.

The race ran overnight, and the runners used headlamps to see through the dark. He felt that this was difficult in gauging where he stood in the race. But more importantly he was very focused on keeping his energy levels up, so that he could keep digging deep. Shane relied on sugars, sports drinks and gels.

The scenery throughout the race was spectacular, with mountain ranges and glaciers. However, with the race starting at 3pm, there was only a few hours of daylight to see the awesome scenery. At night the stars where very bright and the sunrise in the morning was stunning.

His recovery was quite quick after the race and his body felt fine in comparison to some other marathons that he has run in the past. This surprised him as some of the mountain descents were quite brutal and extremely steep.

Shane followed up the ultramarathon with the Berlin marathon, as you do. His next big goal is the UTMB race in Europe, so in order to qualify for that he will need to do a hundred-mile race by the end of the year to gain points for that.

We are very impressed with his drive and determination, which Shane extends to his charity Be Inspired which we work together with here at yStop. Congratulations Shane and good luck for future races.

If you are interested in working with local charities, please get in touch with us in relation to our Community Connector program.


Image: The West Australian website – Claire Tyrrell
Reference: 6PR, What does it take to be an ultramarathon winner? (2018, Sep 23) – Jane Marwick

More News

Local speedy support

As a locally owned and operated business we really wanted to show our support for the amazing job our Police Force has done, not only last week finding Cleo, but also everyday keeping us safe.

Read More

Stirling Illuminated – Open to Everyone

Exciting news as yStop has just won the contract for managing the City of Stirling’s illuminated bus shelters.

With the contract starting in August, we are very excited to add these shelters to our large range of available assets in Stirling.

Read More

Happy holidays

Thank you for all your business and support this year.
What an epic year it has been with all the COVID madness, we still can’t quite believe the shutdown and its effect on WA. Our team rallied and came through relatively unscathed, with quite a bit of IT help along the way.

Read More

Safer, hands-free waste management

In the current state of the world, cleanliness – including upholding high standards of hygiene and reducing the risk of infection – is at the forefront of government strategy and operation.

Read More

New tech offers clearer, easier-to-read ads

New opaque signs with a semi-transparent viewing strip make shelter advertising easier to read without compromising on bus stop patron visibility.

Read More

Amazing research outcome from Mohamed Ali’s PhD project

Mohamed Ali completed 2 years of foundational research with Murdoch University.

He is now based in Melbourne and works for yStop together  with Dr Giles Oatley from Federation University. Both Dr Giles Oatley and Mohamed are available for all research and development work that the City of Casey would like to undertake. Mohamed’s area of study relates to smart cities with particular expertise in co-located crowd measurement/waste sensor configurations.

Read More