Bexhill Runners ace completes series of 100-mile races

A Bexhill Runners & Triathletes member has completed the Centurion 100-mile Grand Slam.

Thursday, 18th October 2018, 6:21 pm
Updated Friday, 19th October 2018, 4:03 am
Paul McCleery proudly displays his latest medals. Picture courtesy Stuart March Photography
Paul McCleery proudly displays his latest medals. Picture courtesy Stuart March Photography

Paul McCleery completed the fourth and final 100-mile event in the gruelling series at the Autumn 100 in Goring & Streatley.

The race consisted of four 25-mile return legs in a cross shape, each leg passing back through Goring.

The runners had to endure humid 20-plus degree warmth by day with strong winds and torrential rain for over 12 hours.

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McCleery had a tough race with cramp, blistering and hydration issues, but he managed to finish just 17 minutes within the cut-off in 27 hours and 38 minutes. He was in 166th place with just two runners behind.

The personal trainer finished the 100-mile grand slam in a healthy 23rd place overall with a total time of 100 hours and 55 minutes.

McCleery is also one of just five competing in the double grand slam (four 100-mile and four 50-mile races) and now has just one more 50-mile race to complete, on November 17. He is currently 10th out of 59 in that competition.