While some runners are continuing to excel (Atmavir Spacil with another 112km or 70 miles on Day 14). Others are finding it tough. The heat is tremendous in New York in Summer and it has affected a few of the brave soldiers trying to cover 3100 miles. Australian Sarah Barnett has apparently had digestion problems and both her and Ananda Lahiri managed around 50 miles on days 12 and 13 but I am sure they will bounce back.

Ananda-Lahari is the most saintly runner on the course. No matter what the conditions, what troubles he is going through, he never complains, he’s grateful to be out there. Sometimes if he is walking and having obvious difficulties, I will rudely ask if he is doing the race next year. “Definitely,” he will say without a moment’s hesitation. In 2007 when I first did the race, he finished in 49 days. He has been back every year since and hasn't made it under the cut off. Still he never gives up. He will line up every day at the start even if the miles left and days remaining make it an impossibility to finish. He has a great first 10 days under his belt this year and I hope he gets back to his best so he can finish (photo courtesy Utpal Marshall)

Based in Australia, Grahak Cunningham is a motivational speaker and business speaker in WA and a four time finisher of the Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race, which is the world’s longest ultra-marathon.