I had totally and embarrassingly missed the fact that the IAU 100k World Championships take place this weekend. Starting at 6am GMT in Croatia, this is a road (pavement) 100k route which iRunFar describes as follows:
The 100-kilometer course begins with one 2.5km out-and-back, and then launches into 13 repetitions of a 7.5km out-and-back route to compose those 100kms. The course has some hills, is entirely asphalt pavement, and travels in and out of the small tourist and agricultural village of Sveti Martin and through both a forested area as well as open farmlands. Each out-and-back has one 180-degree turn and something like ten 90-degree turns. September climate in northern Croatia sees average highs around 22 degrees Celsius/70 Fahrenheit, and lows around 10C/50F. Humidity ranges in the moderate to very high, depending on local weather systems.
GB has only three women but they do include Carla Molinaro who was last seen coming 9th at Comrades after running from Cape Town to the start (around 90k a day)
Luckily iRunFar didn't forget about the race and have previewed all the teams here including GB:
Susan Harrison has a shiny 100km PR of 7:39 which she set in taking 10th at the 2015 100km WCs. If you take it back to 2010, you’ll find her 50km PR of 3:15, which I believe is also a British national record. Also, I believe 3:15 is the fastest 50km PR in the field, and Harrison shares this PR with USA’s Emily Torrence.
Samantha Amend has run at least 3:30 for 50km and 7:53 for 100km, both in 2018. She took seventh at the 2016 50km WCs in 3:35. She’s also run 16 hours for 100 miles at the 2016 Thames Path 100 Mile, which is the course record there.
Carla Molinaro — 9th 2018 Comrades Marathon
You can also see a host of pre race interviews. https://www.irunfar.com/tag/iau-100k-world-championships
Live coverage will be here: https://www.irunfar.com/2018/09/2018-iau-100k-world-championships-live-coverage.html