A Perth man has demolished the previous fastest record of an ultramarathon across the south coast of Western Australia. The Delirious WEST 200 Miler saw 34 brave runners take on roughly 350km of the Bibbulmun Track from Northcliffe all the way to Frenchman Bay in Albany earlier this month. Reaching the finish line first was Shane Johnstone, a clinical exercise physiologist and endurance athlete, who set an astonishing new race record — completely smashing the previous one by more than 61/2 hours. Johnstone’s incredible effort of 54hr. 50min. 34 sec. beat the record held by Dion Leonard of 61:24, which was set at the inaugural Delirious WEST marathon in 2019. Johnstone said he was certainly happy with his time but it was a serious challenge considering the elements he had to go through. “I think initially I was just pretty unsure with how it was all going to roll out with how muddy and wet the Pingerup Plains have been,” he said. “I was quite surprised that we were flowing through those regions pretty well and was pretty happy with how the legs were responding early and probably by Walpole, which is roughly about 140km in, you start to notice that the legs are getting a bit tired and heavy. “(The weather) definitely added a new adventure element to it all that we weren’t originally planning for. “As a result the feet absolutely got punished, got a bit of trench foot and had to factor in a few blisters and stuff like that which you wouldn’t normally get. “It was a long way to grit the teeth and get the job done after that, but really happy with how it all unfolded.” To achieve such a blistering time, Johnstone was on the move for about two days straight, spending about two hours of his marathon resting and just a few minutes sleeping. Johnstone said he was able to keep a strong energy level thanks to months of preparation and good nutrition. “I’m not massive on the stop-start sort of thing,” he said. “I find I start to seize up when I stop, so if I can keep flowing along, the body tends to be a bit happier.” “I think I had maybe a few minutes of sleep in Denmark and that was about it ... I’d just fallen asleep and then (my team) woke me up and said ‘it’s time to go’ so off we went.” Johnstone’s run also raised more than $4500 for the Be Inspired Foundation. He is chief executive officer of the charity which supports disadvantaged youth across Western Australia. Second place overall, also beating the previous record, was Sergio Gustinetti with a time of 58:50:06. The fastest in the women’s division, and third overall, was Johnstone’s colleague, Meghann Coffey, who finished with a time of 67:09:51.