This page was updated frequently from 9am on Friday 30-07-2010 and tracked Sharon's progress at the 48 Hour Australian Championships in Caboolture, Queensland.
Wednesday 4 August - Shaz arrived home in Wangaratta last night, sore and tired but in good spirits. She has some blistering under the pads of both feet that she will have treatment on from the Podiatrist today. Otherwise there doesn't appear to be any significant damage done to the body which is great. Shaz is extremely grateful for all the encouragement she has received and whilst a final tally of records is not known, we think that she has now broken 5 Open and 2 Age Group National Records this year. As always, sponsors are critical and we invite you to click on the sponsors link above and give those sponsors your support where you can.
1F, Sharon Scholz, 333.026km,
1M, Norio Ito (JP), 323.089km,
2M, Muneharu Kuroda (JP), 314.089km,
3M, Peter Bennet, 280.203km,
2F, Marie Doke (UK), 261.728km,
4M, Ron Schwebel, 240.705km,
5M, Gerald Manderson, 230.250km,
3F, Allison Lilley, 228.183km,
6M, Trevor Allen, 202.595km,
7M, Tony Collins, 182.849km,
4F, Meredith Quinlan, 94.500km,
9:00am - Will post official final distance when known, but Shaz stopped at (we think) 333km having walked the last 3 or 4 laps very slowly. No details yet of final tallies for other athletes either but will post here when known. Shaz is extremely grateful for all the text messgaes, phonecalls and emails from friends, family and supporters and the support shown by runners on track, their crews and supporters.
8:30am - Shaz has just broken the Australian Open Record. She is still circulating slowly and enjoying the last few minutes of the race.
8:00am - 3 laps required in the final hour for the Australian Record. Shaz is moving fairly well now and enjoying the moment. Atmosphere is very social generally with a lot of competitors across all events talking with each other on the track.
7:00am - 322.5km done. Shaz is walking, slowing enjoying the company of other competitors and the atmosphere of the event. The Australian Record is never guaranteed, but is almost a certainty now. 2 hours, 7km to go.
6:00am - Shaz moving strongly. 317km done, 12.5 to go in 3 hours. Shaz is still remarkably balanced in her gait and is feeling positive. First light has moved in and we should see the sun rise in the next 30 minutes. Most of the entrants across the 48 hour, 24 hour and 12 hour events are starting to move well now.
5:00am - The Australian Record is now firmly within reach. 38 laps (19km) in 4 hours is the objective. For the last 20 or more hours we have been massaging the total and hopefully this cautious approach will reap rewards in a few hours time. Right now Shaz is lapping early in the 41st hour at 4:45 to 5:10 per lap and is moving fairly comfortably. Her 5am total -310.5km.
4:00am - Never thought I'd say this 43 hours ago, but we need the sun to rise. Generally athletes get a lift from the dawning of a new day and right now, even though Shaz is ahead of where she has to be, a lift in spirits would be fantastic. She did well that hour and sits on 305km, currently well clear of 2nd placed Norio on 290.5km and then Harry on 279km.
3:00am - 299km for Shaz. Managed 6km that hour but is struggling to maintain alertness and concentration. Norio and Harry are still struggling and Allison and Marie in the womens seemingly content now to circulate at any pace and make sure they finish. They are showing fantastic grit and determination.
2:00am - Only 5km that hour due to extended work fixing blistered feet. This stop made it difficult for Shaz to get started again, but toward the end of the hour she was moving nicely at just better than 10:00 per km pace. 293km done.
1:00am - Shaz receiving tremendous and appreciated support from on and off the track. She is very stiff and sore but balanced and and in a good rhythm.She needs barely more than 5km per hour to break the 48 hour record currently held by Helen Stanger, set in 1995 at Lota, QLD. Shaz on 288km with 8 hours and less than one marathon distance to go.
12:00am - Shaz 282km, Norio 275, Harry 260, Peter 239, Marie 220.5, Allison 200.
11:00pm - Shaz running about 100m per 500m lap. Enough to keep her pace better than 9:00per km which is enough to cover the record at the moment with about 1 hour to spare. Shaz 275.5km, Norio 269.5km struggling. Most others now just doing their own thing and happy to get to the finish I think.
10:00pm - Shaz 269.5km, Norio 265.5km. My finger nails are all gone. Record in play but still so far to go. Shaz is amazing. So focused, determined and seemingly able to use her pain as motivation.
9:00pm - 263.5km, 12 hours to go. I hope all readers get good sleep whilst Shaz cracks on through her 2nd sleepless night! :-) She's still going, the record is still possible. Thanks all for the support too which is being passed on and appreciated. Norio 260.5
8:00pm - Shaz 257, Norio 255.5. They and pretty much all of the 48 hour competitors still moving are showing great courage and determination. Temp now down to 20.4 at 8pm and wind picking up. Has been a few spits of rain.
7:00pm - Struggling again and a lot of pain in legs and hips. Very tight. Temp has dropped to 20 degrees which helps, but Shaz is so tired that darkness might be our biggest obstacle now. 250.5km total.
6:00pm - Another 6.5km that hour. Shaz has moved to 244.5km and the outright lead.
5:00pm - The sting has gone from the sky with the sun now drifting into the Western Horizon. Air temperature still very warm but it feels coolers and more pleasant. Shaz is fiercely determined to break the record now and is managing 2 laps (1km) per hour more than she needs. Fingers crossed. Norio & Shaz on same lap, but Norio nearly 500m in front if that makes sense! 238km.
4:00pm - Still over 25 but Shaz moving OK. 231km done and now less than 100km to the Australian Record. Shaz is a solid chance now. Norio just 4 laps (2km) ahead. Harry and others seem to be fading in the heat for the moment, but still so long to go.
3:00pm - Sun starting to lower but still over 25 degrees. Another hour or so of hot pain before a bit of relief hopefully. Shaz has "set in" now and is maintaining between 6.5 and 7km per hour. She needs well less than 6k/h to break the Australian record now, but with 18 hours to go anything can still happen. Norio 226.5, Shaz 224.5 and catching.
2:00pm - Norio 221, Shaz 217.5, Harry 204.5, Marie 179, Allison 170. Hot!
1:00pm - Shaz another solid hour but suffering generally. Norio 214, Shaz 211, Harry 198.5.
12:00pm - 26.7 degrees and climbing! Shaz had a good hour though despite the temp and sits on 204km. Norio 207.5, Shaz 204, Harry 192.5, Peter 180, Marie 171.5, Allison 162. Shaz is pacing as nicely as she can to just get through the heat.
11:00am - Very tough again as temp has climbed over 26 degrees already and full blasting sun. Shaz is grtting her teeth and this where her mental toughness comes in. 197km done. Norio 202.5, Harry 187, Marie sleeping briefly 167.
10:00am - 190km. Good hour fueled by the 24 hour event starting and her blistering pain reduced due to taping and treatment. Looking solid and walking uncomfortably but at good pace. Has started running about 100m per lap slowly.
9:00am - 183km for 1st 24 hours. Feet have improved slightly due to some treatment, temperature at 23.9 degrees has not! Norio 191, Shaz 183, Harry 175, Peter 165.5, Marie 156, Allison 152.5. Long long way to go but Female Australian Record is a tick under 330km and we will manage Sharon's pace now to allow her to just achieve that distance if all goes well.
8:00am - 177km. Good hour distance wise but already 21 degrees and the sun feels hot. Cloudless sky at present. Blistering worsened and toward the end of the hour not looking good.
7:00am - 170km. Shaz walking fairly solidly but starting to blister and chaff under the ball of one foot. This now demands that we stick mainly to walking.
6:00am - We've had a bit of trouble through the night and Shaz has just had a cup of coffee. It's earlier than we wanted to turn to caffeine, but it's done now. She has pepped up and is moving consistently again - last 3km at 8:45 per km pace. 164km total. Norio leading again on 169km, Shaz 164, Harry 156.5, girls - Marie 146.5, Allison 137.5. Temp 16.3 degrees at 5:30am.
2:00am - Still moving. 138km done. All walking now and might remain that way. Next update in probably 6 hours as I get some rest and Sharon's Mum Jill takes over the crew duties.
1:00am - Walking. 131km done. Shaz focused on getting to the end and doing very well mentally.
12:00am - Happy 34th Birthday Shaz!! 124km. Some issues with shoes and feet that hour so Shaz has put Gaters on. Thanks for the lend Meredith, we owe you one.
11:00pm - 117.5km. Tough business this! Harry 124, Norio 120, Shaz 118, Marie 107, Allison 102.
10:00pm - 111km, 7.5km that hour very little running. Shaz is looking and feeling better and will shortly start to run again using the slightly cooler conditions. Still 17.9 degrees here at 9:30pm, but better than 26! Meredith Quinlan has pulled out for now, but Marie Doke and Allison Lilley are moving well. Harry 118.5km, Norio 113, Shaz 111, Marie 100, Allison 94.5. Photo for Lisa!!
9:00pm - 12 hours gone, just one quarter of the way. 103.5km done. Some athletes look to be struggling. Shaz walking now for an extended period to see if she can improve. She's not exhausted but there are some warning signs.
8:00pm - Still going, but just 15 full laps for Shaz that hour. 97km total. Time to start thinking about a risk averse approach to the race.
7:00pm - Entire field has slowed as the heat of the day takes its toll. Shaz struggling a bit at the moment but still looks balanced in her movement.It will be a long race I think. Shaz at 89.5km and has recently eaten mashed potato & meat sauce! Forecast is for no lower than 16 degrees overnight which is too hot for us Victorians.
6:00pm - Dark now and temp dropping rapidly. Good running conditions. Shaz 82km and moving OK.
5:00pm - 8 hours, 74km. Harry 75, Norio 74, Shaz 74, Meredith 69, Marie (UK) 66.5, Allison 65. Sun about to set.
4:00pm - 65km done, 2nd overall. Looking OK but a long way to go. Go Shaz! Meredith and Allison looking solid. Marie seems to be in a little pain but could be my imagination.Norio (Japan) fading and now 3rd overall with compatriat Harry leading (66.5km).
3:00pm - 56.5km total. Breeze picking up and feels good when from behind! Shaz has averaged 700ml fluid and 270 calories per hourto this point. Perfect. Temp still 25 degrees. All other runners still looking pretty good.
2:00pm - 9km that hour for 48km total. Temp hasclimbed to 25.7 degrees at 1:30pm but worst of the heat ishopefully past with a consistent gentle breeze now and increased cloud cover.
1:00pm - Another 9.5km for 39km total. Slow pace due to heat factor. All competitors taking it slowly at present as heat is a huge factor. Clouds look to be increasing and a very gentle breeze has picked up. Hopefully conditions to improve in the near term.
12:00pm - 9.5km in that hour. 29.5km total. 24+ degrees and full sun.
11:00am - Shaz covered exactly 10km again that hour. Very hot now, so a cautious approach until early evening. Norio Ito from Japan leading. Shaz leading the ladies contingent on 20km, Marie 18km, Meredith 17.5km, Allison 17km.
10:00am - First hour, it's now 22 degrees. Shaz covered right on 10km. Entire field looks to be moving nicely.
Friday 30 July 2010, 9am. Race just about to get underway. 11 starters, 4 females, 2 internationals. 17 degrees now, forecast 24 - 26. Blazing sun here now so patience will be the key early. Shaz feeling relaxed and as prepared as she can be.