Des Linden sets new 50K World Record – here's how her race went - Women's Running

Des Linden sets new 50K World Record – here’s how her race went

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  April 15, 2021

We got to take a look at her COROS Apex watch stats for a full breakdown of this record-breaking run

A huge congrats from all of the Women’s Running team to Des Linden today, who set a new 50K World Record on Tuesday in Oregon, USA.

She became the first woman to run a 31+ mile course in less than three hours. She achieved a mind-blowing time of 2:59:54 – though, like we often do, she got so excited that she forgot to stop her watch exactly at the finish line!

As a COROS Pro Athlete, she was of course tracking every mile in detail, and we got to take a look at all the stats.

Fastest mile

Des’ average pace per mile was 5’47”, with a fastest mile of 5’33”.

Cadence and stride length

Des’ cadence was very stable throughout the distance (something we’re working on) with an average of 194 per minute. Her average stride length was an impressive 4.72ft.

Running power and elevation

Des had an average power output of 216 watts, with her max power at 249 watts. The course wasn’t flat – there was 636 ft of elevation gain, mostly from two big climbs, which definitely made things more challenging.

Des announced her success on social media in her usual, understated manner: “Traditionalists know records drop on Tuesday. Sub 3 (2:59:54) • Out now”. And while we might not be able to personally relate to her post-race feels, we’re definitely there with her the day after: “Legs hurt more than my head this morning. Nailed the race – showed maturity at the after-party. This is growth.” Great work all round, Des!

You can watch the highlights of her run here:

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Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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