Atacama Crossing Blogs 2023

Robert Nicholson



Atacama Crossing (2023) blog posts from Robert Nicholson

03 October 2023 09:05 am (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London

Morning team, 

Stage 6 was a final slog into town 18.7km 'sprint' or hobble in my case. You could feel the excitmenet in the air at the start line. loads of guys went for it and pushed from the start. sadly i couldnt. around 10km in my legs and ankle had warmed and the pain wasnt as apparent and i gave it a final push into town. what an amazing feeling to get it done. i was screaming with excitement and joy for it all to be over. what an experience, what a journey. 

Thank you for all the messages and love daily on and off line. it was incredible to have so much love and support from freinds and family a far. this was a bucket list moment for me. Jusat wow. I am proud of every single person who i crossed that finish line with. a beautidul group of people who looked and cared for one another and as a group put themselves through hell for a jounrey of the emotions. well done all. memories for life. 

much love team and thank you. x

GOBI 2024?!?!?!....

Comments: Total (2) comments

Oli M

Posted On: 04 Oct 2023 04:19 am

Absolutely amazing achievement mate. What a memory!

Mary Gadams

Posted On: 03 Oct 2023 01:48 am

Hi Rob -- what an amazing accomplishment. It is such a tough course and the weather was incredibly hot. No one can ever take away this amazing accomplishment. Huge respect! Mary

29 September 2023 05:01 pm (GMT-04:00) Santiago

Ok, so as you may have guessed I cried yesterday..

Only twice though, so I guess that’s something.
Finished 10th last I believe - I can’t find the woman for the actual place, I will update tomorrow.
An impressive 18:50hrs 
How was I Feeling, like death?
The ankle was clearly an issue from the off but pain killers were going to be my friend and I had a plan. I had to stop straight away to take more as it was very uncomfortable but then I found a small grove and took back some spaces going into the back end of section 1.
Sadly at the end of the section 1 i tripped and my ankle just wasn’t playing along after that. 
I tried to push to checkpoint 2 and it was agony so i just focused on getting there and would just work out what i needed to progress. I stretched, hydrated, re-wrapped the ankle and got myself together. I did what has been called a stumble /  run from checkpoint 2 to 3 and got a couple of spaces back and hoped i was going to be able to take more. Sadly that never happened, i attacked stage 3 but my ankle was simply agony and then my left hip muscles started spasming so pretty much from that point on any hope of running was over and waking was slow to say the least.
Close to the end of section 3 was a monstrous sand dune, I was not in a good place, mentally, physically, emotionally. I had been on the section for 1 hour longer than i ever expected so I wasn’t fuelled correctly the sun was punishing and i was going into a dark hole. Luckily Fernando the resident course ref was at the bottom of the dune and drove over when he saw me. I shaded under his bike for 10mins had some water and geared myself up for the dune. It was a tough climb but we got it done and then a small scramble into checkpoint 4 the other side. This section took everything from me and i knew having any chance of being competitive was over so i was a total wreck. As i said i was had been mentally, physically and emotionally punished and was really struggling. Into checkpoint 4 there is a small dune down which i had to slide on my bum as my ankle couldn’t take the hill. The chap at the checkpoint could see i was a wreck and came running up to me arms open and i just broke down in tears. I was exhausted.
Again i took some time to recoup at CP4 and the tried to run again but with little luck… when you think you are running and people walk past you is when you know you are wasting your time/energy…
CP5 i ate some food to gear up to the final 25km. I teamed up with two other competitors, Sze Laing and Melody as it was getting dark and lets be honest not sure i can take being along in the dark at that point… Melody was a legend and dragged me through the final 25km feeding me like a 1yr old child refusing to take food. I was quiet, tired and dragging my bruised body but she got me there…
It was a horrid day to say the least but we got it done.
17km to go tomorrow then beer time!
Good news is, my tent pal, Chris, who is a 48 yr South African is loving the fact he is now smashing me on timing.. he’s kindly holding his tongue…
What an experience it has been… i have taken 1 picture. Sorry Char. 
Rest day today.. i am crawling to San Pedro tomorrow if i have to but i am finishing this race. 
Love to all and again thanks for the support xx

Comments: Total (20) comments

Danny Burke

Posted On: 02 Oct 2023 02:20 pm

Home straight Bobby, you'll look back and be amazed at your effort. Enjoy those beers 🍻 😛😘 Melody sounds like the Angel you needed.

Thomas Morrison

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 02:00 pm

Proud of you pal. Love you 😘

Thomas Morrison

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 02:00 pm

Proud of you pal. Love you 😘

Thomas Morrison

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 02:00 pm

Proud of you pal. Love you 😘

Rory Rett

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 10:37 am

Mate, it’s done! The rest is the easy bit, so just soak it in. What an amazing achievement. Tomorrow will feel like a casual stroll to the pub! What an inspiration! Well done pal

Tania Alrich

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 06:57 am

An incredible effort and what a tale to tell! Battling the elements and your own emotions- you won! Enjoy the beer when you get there.

Ben Nicholson

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 06:04 am

Mate, massive kudos for sticking at it. Was following you during the run and rooting for you. Enjoy the victory lap and the beer!

Jordan Betts

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 06:03 am

Jesus what a day that was!! Yours sounded pretty hard too. What a relief you got that done mate. Very glad to hear - final push, just get it done and make it across that finish line now. YOU CAN DO IT.

Abi Ansari

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 05:12 am

Last 17K!! 💪… the end is so close you can almost taste the bubbles in that well-earned beer!! What an awesome achievement to have got this far. Amazing perseverance, dude. You should be truly proud of yourself! Go, Rob!!!!

Ray Wepener

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 02:33 am

Well Done... You've done it! Welcome to the Atacama Club... Spectacular effort. Reading your accounts took me back to my race in 2010 when my knee blew, making the Long March a lot LONGER. The highs and lows are immense, but well appreciated after the event and will stay with you for a long time. Enjoy the rest day and stroll into San Pedro de Atacama. Forget those beers, you'll be needing jugs of Pisco Sours...

Louise Bromley

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 02:28 am

Go Robsie Go!!! You are almost there. Such an amazing effort and can’t wait to have some beers (wine for me) soon. Sending you all our love and strength to that ankle. You got this you superstar Xxx

alex hodgkinson

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 01:50 am

Wow Rob, congratulations! I live-tracked your progress way too much yesterday, and so glad that you made it in one piece. Take care of your ankle. I know a little tribe who'll be stoked to have you home again! alex

Vatche Mundigian

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 01:39 am

Well done Robsy, amazing effort and a huge relief you got it done. Your time didn’t register on the website for hours even when the whole field had finished so we feared the worst. A Mind blowing effort, maybe ok to drop Shonard on hydrox based on what we have read. 17km is a marathon to me and a walk in the park to you. Just look after that ankle and don’t worry about positioning, get it done pal. You have blown everyone away with your efforts.

Ramsay Bolton

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 01:38 am

An absolutely incredible achievement congratulations dude. Great effort working through the pain and reaching the goal...completing the race was your objective and you've done that now (just don't try and make a heroic dash for the finish line now will you). All the best, Ramsay.

Yusef Ansari

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 01:21 am

Last push buddy! Amazing effort so far you and enjoy those beers x

Matthew Burke

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 12:37 am

AMAZING effort Robsie!! You have completed the Long March, what a great achievement on a busted ankle. That finish line is now coming sharply into view, and all the beers, tears and elation that comes with it. Enjoy every minute of it mate, well deserved!

Char Nicholson

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 12:06 am

Thankyou Melody!

Neil Shonhard

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 12:00 am

Keep going mate. Last hurrah and all that. Stay strong and take your time.

Greg Miller

Posted On: 29 Sep 2023 08:42 pm

Nearly there pal!! Last push and you’re there mate. All the beers. All the ice cream. All the memories. You can do it mate. Sending all the love brother. After everything you’ve been through, tomorrow you’re going to cruise home man no doubt! Or….!?….Does Melody give piggy backs!? (just throwing it out there?)! X x

Terry Nicholson

Posted On: 29 Sep 2023 08:39 pm

Well son, glad to hear you are fit and well and in top physical condition, I thought you might have struggled with stage 5 but you smashed it. Seriously though fantastic achievement and full credit to you, both your mum and I are full of admiration for you. Have a good day tomorrow its only a walk in the park after what you have been through. Look after yourself Lots of love mum and dad.

27 September 2023 06:07 pm (GMT-04:00) Santiago

Team thank you for all the messages and emails I am reading them all but I only get a certain time in the cyber tent so sadly can’t reply. Please know they are bringing me a lot of happiness after extremely tough days.

Matt four.. don’t make me come over there. 
Ok so…
Stage 4
Finished 25th
Time 7:59:22
My watch has died so no idea about the rest
The ankle is an issue… I had it wrapped up last night but I slept terribly as it was aching. I the start of the race was rolling sand dunes some with pebbles and a long slow climb up a mud/sand track.. the downs were hammering my ankle I tried to run and keep competitive but honestly i wasn’t in a good place and mentally was gearing myself up for a walking day… it was eating my inside because I felt good. Around 16km father several attempts to get myself going and seeing multiple people pass me i admitted defeat, i decide to eat some energy bars and anti cramp gel and i put on music and just got my head down to walk… however, i started to feel good and my ankle pain seemed to just be consistent whether i walked or ran so… i got on with it didn’t i.
The salt flats were horrendous 54degs and 37 people were. Pulled off the course as the heat was too Much… but the salt flats come at 20km and i had just started to feel good so i took advantage of my energy and went for it. I came out the other side of the flats feeling great and had taken back a fair few places, i was very proud of myself. The emotions on this race are wild.. and as you all know, i am an emotional guy…
I was feeling great and just spotting people and targeting them.  Mom you would have been impressed. The second half of today i was in my element and i am so happy with the result i got. I gave it literally everything i had without completely destroying myself for the 76.4km tomorrow… however, the ankle is an issue and i just hammered it today. The Dr is going to wrap it later but lets see how we go. It’s a flatter more ‘dirt road’ terrain tomorrow apparently.. lets see how we go. I am determined to finish so if its quite literally a long march, so be it. 
This is hands down the toughest thing i have done but what an incredible experience. 
V you’ll be happy to know i have been elevating the legs daily. Seems to help!
Again thanks to all the love globally. Incredible love from far and wide. Thanks team. Really does help.
Love to all.

Comments: Total (20) comments

Ray Wepener

Posted On: 29 Sep 2023 08:30 am

Brilliant effort Mate! Keep it up, almost there. The heat sounds absolutely brutal. The drop out rate looks to be high. Making it to the finish line is a WIN!

Mary Gadams

Posted On: 29 Sep 2023 07:40 am

Hi Rob, I have enjoyed reading your blog. Congratulations on a great race, you are currently ranked 38 which is incredible. I guess the heat in Singapore was great preparation for the Atacama Crossing heat. I hope you have thoroughly enjoyed the scenery. Take the time to enjoy the final stage -- the run into San Pedro is epic. Pizza awaits. I hope to meet you one day. Best regards, Mary


Posted On: 29 Sep 2023 06:27 am

Keep it up mate!! you're doing solid so far.. Keep plugging and pushing.. the tough part's behind you now!

Rosemary Nicholson

Posted On: 29 Sep 2023 06:09 am

Dad and I got up twice during the night to see how you’re doing. Just seen you’ve passed the finishing line. We’re delighted and relieved. Hope you get some rest before the 6 mile stroll in the park today! Much love.

Stephen Sutorius

Posted On: 29 Sep 2023 05:58 am

Keep on trucking rob! Times like this when scooter pulls out is iron on the tee of a par 5. You know it’s time to pull out the driver and give it a big bang. You do that. Give it a big bang today with the big boy!

Tracy Seaman

Posted On: 29 Sep 2023 05:04 am

Keep at it Rob! What an incredible journey, very inspiring! Fingers crossed ankle comes through, looking forward to next update - you’ve got this!!

Neil Shonhard

Posted On: 29 Sep 2023 02:45 am

Just so I may have a complete understanding of what’s happening over there, you’re telling me/us that walking is now permitted due to injuries and fatigue. I/we completely understand and hope you’re in a good place mentally. Thus, of course, this means that I’m allowed to walk during our forthcoming 8km run during Hyrox next week. Understood, and thanks for the clarification.

Amit S

Posted On: 28 Sep 2023 11:55 pm

What an achievement mate! Just brilliant ! Congratulations and look forward to a few cold ones when you are back! ⭐️⭐️🥂

Clair Strike

Posted On: 28 Sep 2023 09:39 pm

Are you really friends with someone called Ramsay Bolton… in Game of Thrones? Oh and also just keep running just keep running…see what I did there changed swimming to running. Just in case you didn’t get it. You smell much love Big Sis xx

Matt Brady

Posted On: 28 Sep 2023 12:33 pm

Vatche, MINE!! Robsie, last push and it’s yours forever. Go get it.

Ben Nicholson

Posted On: 28 Sep 2023 11:46 am

Rob - you are amazing. Fantastic job mate. Keep it gong - you sound very strong. Brilliant to hear you are enjoying it too. Very best for tomorrow. Rest well and go again . Amazing mate. Ben

Danny Burke

Posted On: 28 Sep 2023 11:45 am

AMAYzing Bobbi Kandi you masochist Monk! Keep it up, hopefully you're listening to Goggins and you can feel the spirit of Dan cheering you on, he would be proud of your effort! 🙌🏻

Char Nicholson

Posted On: 28 Sep 2023 04:41 am

You didn’t come all this way to have a rolled ankle ruin the run. We can always chop it off and figure it out. Go go go!

Ramsay Bolton

Posted On: 28 Sep 2023 03:03 am

I'll lift Vatche at 7! Well done mate, keep it going...bath salts are at the ready..

Matt Burke

Posted On: 28 Sep 2023 01:55 am

Amazing work Robsie! Literally eating up those kms, supper impressed. Now for the long March - head down and it’s 90% mental from here. Looking forward to hearing how the next 80kms goes!!

Matt Four

Posted On: 28 Sep 2023 01:08 am

This is such an emotional rollercoaster! His ankle's done, he's admitting defeat.. No wait, people are getting pulled off and Robsie is targeting men from behind, he's in his element! He's flying! Oh god, 76km tomorrow... Beyond impressed with what you've achieved already mate, will be praying for you that your body holds out and you can make it to the finish line, you deserve it pal xxx

Jordan Betts

Posted On: 28 Sep 2023 01:02 am

Incredible stuff. very motivating. i might even walk to get my lunch today instead of ordering.... but probably not. keep the updates coming and all the best for the final couple days man. you are doing great!!!

Hubert Martin

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 11:44 pm

Really inspiring it mate. Keep smashing this thing! You've got it.

Andrew Corner

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 11:42 pm

mate absolutely brilliant work! so impressed. keep it up mate all rooting for you!!

Vatche Mundigian

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 11:20 pm

Oh Rob well done mate, Herculian effort! I can't start to imagine how hard this is but mentally you seem to be crushing it. It really is incredible and inspirational to read. I hope your body doesnt let you down and good luck! By the time you read this hopefully you are back safely after completing this next monster with a big grin on your face. I am sure its been a huge emotional rollercoaster, I make 6/7 on number of times you have cried so far.

26 September 2023 08:58 pm (GMT-04:00) Santiago

What an absolutely horrid day that was…
Finished 29th 
7:20:00 - around here..
Aerobic was 5
Anaerobic 2.4 (it was a total punish)
Cals 3300 
My watch battery has died so sadly last stat update
We started off on flat road for a good 6km maybe I got into a grove and was feeling good. Then we hit the dried mud which was just horrendous.. tripping everywhere, your feet sink without notice. Looked like no one was having a good time… apart from the leaders. Those guys are next level no idea how they do it. A lot of respect. 
So a lot of harsh terrain meant around 18km I listened to my legs which had been punished from the mud and just walked for basically all the rest of the day (most people did to be fair it wasn’t pleasant)
We finished we 4km of sand dunes which were a total punish
I have rolled my ankle which isn’t ideal but its ok to walk so lets see how we go. Maybe a walking day tomorrow. The sun is so insanely punishing I am going to wear long clothes tomorrow my arms and legs have taking a beating and yes mum I did apply lotion multiple times…
Burke I had you in my head from about 18km onwards and just focusing on the next checkpoint. Got it done but oh my.
I gave it my all today, I am happy with that. There is still half the race to go to so much more to come. Salt flats tomorrow… 
You can probably tell by my words I am pretty shattered so that’s all for today team. Loving the updates. 
Love to all. 

Comments: Total (21) comments

Neil Shonhard

Posted On: 29 Sep 2023 02:39 am


David Alrich

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 10:51 am

Amazing .. such courage and commitment. Go Rob!

Tania Alrich

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 10:07 am

Salt flats should be a welcome relief I hope. Keep covered and hydrated. You are doing so well Rob. I can’t see the photos for some reason but can imagine how awful the mud must have been. Fingers crossed for hard packed salt!


Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 09:40 am

Just realised I needed to click into the subject to see full content....LETS GO ROB! YOU CAN DO IT!

Ami Brett

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 09:39 am

Go on Rob you’ve got this! Keep going!

Davies Wu

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 09:28 am

Take it easy on your ankle bro. what an accomplishment! finish strong.

Gary Fok

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 09:10 am

Rob, who was your seller of Bharti 31's again?

Robert Kelly

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 08:33 am

Dig deep Roberto! Unbelievable effort so far mate. Just think of the cold airport beer on the other side

Steven Wu

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 08:31 am


Paul White (Porky)

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 07:36 am

I am halfway through my ploughmans lunch with Jig and Jay and thinking about you Rob. Keep going my friend.

Rory Brett

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 07:28 am

Rob, what an epic adventure your having and to be so high up in the ranking is just amazing! Keep it up mate, you are closer to the end now than the beginning so just keep putting one foot in front of the other and absorb everything from this experience. Pain is temporary remember…

Matthew Burke

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 06:53 am

Great effort so far Rob! You are doing a superb job, and top 30 is fantastic. I remember telling you multiple times that it's best to protect arms and legs from the sun, bedouin stylee but clearly that nugget of free advice was forgotten! :) Anyway, onwards and upwards my friend. By the time you get to read all these messages you will be 160kms down, and broken the back of it!! All downhill from there, and look after that ankle. Finishing is more important than where you place....x

Rosemary Nicholson

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 06:06 am

I think, like everyone who has been making supporting comments, we’re glad we’re sitting comfortably when reading your updates. Such serious respect. The third stage was clearly punishing so hope you’ve had a more comfortable walk today and your ankle has recovered ready for stage 5. You know you’ve got this. We are all rooting for you. We are all thinking of you and willing you on. You are amazing. Serious respect for doing this challenge. Looking forward to your next blog xxx

Brendan Homer

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 03:19 am

Awesome work mate. Keep going strong. Enjoy the moment (enjoy is a word that no doubt not in your head at this moment) Good luck today!!

Jordan Betts

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 02:17 am

you've got this mate! doing amazing. one day at a time. rest up!

Alexandra Hodgkinson

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 02:14 am

Rob, This is such an epic adventure and challenge - the terrain sounds wicked and you’ve already achieved so much. Huge admiration …you can absolutely do this. And long sleeves a must out there. Take good care. Alx

Greg Miller

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 01:26 am

Hang in there brother. On step, one day at a time lad. X x (Imagine how bad I’d burn doing what you’re doing man!!? It’s really not for me is it…)

Matt Four

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 01:24 am

Maaaate, all worth it for these amazing pics tho. You in action wading across water (phwoar!), the close up with your trademark look of confusion (working out weighted averages?). If nothing else they prove that you are actually there and doing it, so proud of you! Take care of that ankle xxx

Kar Seng Yee

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 01:10 am

Sounds rough... but keep going! We are all giving you moral support (from very far away)

Andrew Corner

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 12:53 am

sounds a tough day brother, keep strong all rooting for you!

Vatche Mundigian

Posted On: 27 Sep 2023 12:36 am

Come on Rob!!!! dig deep mate, fight the CAN do it! When it comes to my experience of ultra marathons salt flats are my fave, go and smash it(slowly and steadily). Good luck pal, are halfway now, its all downhill from now.

25 September 2023 07:38 pm (GMT-04:00) Santiago

Thank you for all of the love guys, it really does make all of this more rewarding reading the amount of support coming through. This is the toughest experience of my life but oh my its amazing.. Stephen.. too much.

Keep the support coming!! 
Finished 13th 
Distance 38.1 (I think)
Time: 5:54:22
Calls 3103
Temp 40+
Average HR 156 (not sure how reliable my HR is on my watch but I am going with how I feel and I felt good)
Aerobic 5.0
Anaerobic 1.0
Ascent 465m
Descent 707m
So after yesterday I totally changed my attack. I fully loaded on food post yesterdays race and ensured I was taking my tailwind and gels as I was going (I wasn’t making the same mistake as stage 1)
Stapes i had you in my head today and I did as we discussed, played my own game, kept the HR low and just take the wins. Today, it worked. I also had the soundtrack to mona in my head… so, take from that what you will.
I felt good the whole day which was a relief vs stage 1! Last 5km is so punishing in the heat, stage 3, 4 are longer so lets just take them as they come and the long march is going to be horrendous but we’ll deal with that Thursday.
Ok so Stage 2 was incredible, a 6km downhill to start the day is always welcome into beautiful slot canyons, we went back and forth through the stream following it all the way down. Some crossings we were waist deep in the water. This went on for 6km and it was very technical. I took advantage of this and was fast. 
This rolled into a tough climb which my legs felt strong on then we glided down sand dunes which were ALOT of fun. 
Eventually we hit the final 12km of rocks and open desert which is truly punishing, alone in my thoughts with the heat = alot of self encouragement!! But we got it done and super happy with the day. 
Lets see how I feel tomorrow…
Lets do this!

Comments: Total (30) comments

Katie Feeney

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 12:26 pm

You’ve got this Robsie! What an incredible experience. Cheering you on from the 852 x

Margot Carpenter

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 11:12 pm

Woke up this morning and thought, fk I need to check on how Uncle Robsie is doing…obviously killing it! I told the kids you were running a big race and to send you a message - this what they both said. Lulu -“ you can do it, you can do it, run fast uncle rob” Otto -“go,go,go, uncle Rob” Cheering you on buddy 👊🏻

Sandra Miller

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 05:51 pm

Ah go Rob go. My motto is it’s always nice to let others win 😂 if it means so much to them. Very impressed at your bravery. (Now the mam bit). Take care son. 🍀

Millia N

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 03:06 pm

Go Rob, go Rob, go Robbb!!! You got this and we’re all there in spirit ❤️

Pally Pal Pal

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 02:48 pm

I'd say I can't believe you're actually doing this, but I can totally believe you're doing it, and totally believe you're smashing it pal (you absolute nut job!) I don't want to read anything more about you 'needing to carb load' - you've been carb loading for the last 15 years - you're quite literally built for this mate. Smash it brother. We're all with ya! x x

Jules Fyfe

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 02:06 pm

Sounds very tough, but your smashing it! Great blogs

Phil Longuet-Higgins

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 08:37 am

Incredible effort. I'll see you at the finish line, I'll be your butler any day.

Rob Kelly

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 08:15 am

Unbelievable tekkers Robsie! Push push

Hurty Arms

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 08:14 am

I am a distant memory for you now. Keep going, you complete me.

Paul White (Porky)

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 08:11 am

I hear you are doing well. I am proud of you

Lord Bolton

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 08:03 am

Keep it going Reeker, great effort..

Ming Wo

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 07:56 am

Have you got a minute for a call?

Clair Strike

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 07:06 am

Baby Brother/ Smelly Boy, You absolutely stink. Your beard will be as long as Forrest Gump’s by tomorrow and your feet look like hobbits. So proud of how well you’re doing. This is incredible. Be proud of what you’re achieving. Big love from me

Jordan Betts

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 06:13 am

BOSH!! 13TH. very niiiiiice. keep up the solid work mate. keep the updates coming.

Hugh McCormick-Houston

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 06:10 am

Hey Rob, Fantastic Effort mate. Everyone on the desk keeping up and very impressed. Some great photos already, I see a new IG post in the wind! Keep going mate!!! Hugh x

Scott Halyday

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 03:30 am

Huge stuff mate! Reading this while eating McDonald’s at the airport. You’ve motivated me to put down my 2nd quarter pounder and focus on the reserve cheeseburger only. Baby steps, but you’re inspiring me to be better. Give ‘em hell out there.

Chris Chapman

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 02:55 am

Huge stuff mate! Sounds epic, exhausting and exhilarating all in one. Hope you’re getting moments to soak it all in! Keep going mate!

Hubi Martin

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 02:35 am

Man, you're smashing this. We are having a great time following your progression. And these sceneries look incredible. Just keep going, one day at a time. You've got this!

Andy Chen

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 01:19 am

fantanstic Rob~ Rob is always the best !!! Keep it up and believe u can deliver better performace going forward

Matt Burke

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 01:04 am

Yes mate! Having a great time it seems (within context!) and well done for battling through day 2. Always the hardest to get up and go again after day 1 so now it should be a breeze! Keep up the positive vibes and you will be eating away those kms in no time. Now crack on! How are the feet holding up??

Tara Aboud

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 12:43 am

Well done Rob! I am feeling very lazy right now as I eat my fine print avo toast and sip on a coffee. Sounds like you’ve found your rhythm, keep it up! Look forward to hearing all about it!

Ben Nicholson

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 12:36 am

Amazing mate - you are flying. You’ve done the hard yards, so you’ve earned this. Inspiring. Great to see you are enjoying it!

Ash Sewell

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 12:23 am

Wow Rob this is insane! Seriously impressive. Keep going, you’ve got this. Your mate will be cheering you on up there I’m sure !! Ash, Jack and the fam

Chris Seaman

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 12:20 am

Awesome effort mate! Keep attacking. I’m sure you’ve had some great convos with the little guy in your head. You’re killing it! Loving the updates. Godspeed xox

Chris Jordan

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 12:12 am

Boom! Epic work mate… can’t believe you are actually doing this. But this is phenomenal. Keep going… Ice cold beers waiting for you back in Singapore.

david Alrich

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 11:47 pm

Go team Rob! Amazing effort in a stunning part of the world. Loving the updates - we are with you every step!


Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 11:41 pm

Well done Robsy!!! You are doing incredibly well mate, you have inspired me to go on the cross trainer at lunchtime for 20 mins. Keep going and keep that heart rate low, dont worry about positioning and get over that finish line. Well done and loving these updates. Good luck.

Oly and ara Your daughters

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 11:21 pm

Two comments from your children when I told them how well daddy did today: Oly: so he’s still running? With the chilli’s and it’s hot? (Good from her) Ara: daddy running to my house and be all sweaty? (Well… she’s not wrong, maybe add the extra 25000 km at the end home if you feel up to it.)

Andrew Corner

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 11:16 pm

cracking day mate well done! love following this from the comfort of an air conditioned room! excellent result and glad you are feeling strong. keep it up!

Rosemary Nicholson

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 08:53 pm

Wow. You’ve been outstanding. It sounds as if you’ve had an incredible day. You have brought the day to life with your words. Amazing that you’re up with the leaders. Enjoy stage 3. Looking forward to reading how it’s been for you. Go Robert Nicholson!

24 September 2023 07:31 pm (GMT-04:00) Santiago

To all my fans (Sister, wife, Matt and Ben) thanks for the messages you just made me smile on what was the hardest run of my life. Oh my. 
Let me give you the stats daily then give you the excuse’s:
Camp Rio Grade Start
Middle of the f**King desert (sorry mum)
Finished 37th (108 competitors)
Aerobic 4.2
Anaerobic 0.4 (i am very happy with this, i know you are Adam)
Average Heart Rate 150 (which is perfect)
Ascent 422m
Descent 974m
Distance 37.4km 
Time 6:14:36
Right how was the race… honestly, insanely hard?! The terrain was incredibly diverse, rocks, sand, mud which isn’t the same as our Singapore Canal runs, Matt / Ben / Amit… but simply incredible scenery and i got on with it. I was feeling good to say to was high 30s early 40s but at 29km i hit a wall, a wall I have never hit before, i am blaming jet lag, no sleep in the tent last night, the altitude and my god the heat. The last 7km was a hill and i am in a deep dark hole of pain. Many tried to help me but i told them to go on, luckily my tent mate caught up who was feeling similar so stayed with me, we stopped under a rock for 10 mins then took on the last 2km.. as soon as we got to camp and relaxed i feel great again. So I spoke to the Dr and i was well hydrated so we have decided it was the sun and i need to carb load more during the race. Let’s see how we go. 
37th, look i am happy but i know i have more in me. So i am excited to see how i go tomorrow. It was miserable watching multiple racers pace me on that last 7km…miserable! 
OK That’s it for now. 
Love to all.

Comments: Total (25) comments

Carol Henderson (Miller)

Posted On: 26 Sep 2023 05:09 pm

Rob what an incredible thing to be part of!! Will be cheering you on from sunny Sevenoaks! Lots of love, Greg’s sister Carol xxxx

Rosemary Nicholson

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 05:28 pm

Well it looks you’ve smashed it today. So unbelievably proud. I don’t know how you do it. Everyone is willing you on in their messages so you should sail through. Hopefully you’ll sleep well tonight. Love Mum xxxx

Stephen Sutorius

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 01:53 pm

Weapon mate, 37th is no short ask! Day 1 down. I’m getting a colonoscopy and gastropathy tomorrow. (Part of the 40 yo heath check). Remember when you are feeling it tomorrow , I will be getting from both ends so you will be in a much better position than me. So push on through x

Mai Y

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 12:05 pm

GO SEBBY, I mean, Go Pea! Sending you love and strength! I hope there aren’t any hungry animals out there, they would totally go for Sebby first ;) cheering you on P!


Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 09:17 am

Bob we are so proud of u!!! be safe and bring us some story when u back.

Gary Fok

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 09:11 am

Rob keep going, you can do it!!!! we are so proud of you! <3

Andrew Corner

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 09:08 am

so proud of you mate!! all rooting for you!

Sally Skeggs

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 09:03 am

Keep it up you amazing human! We are tracking you in Portugal, much love!

Andy Chen

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 08:35 am

keep it Rob~ it just the beginning, stay safe and enjoy the journey

Alex Hodgkinson

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 07:52 am

Incredible Rob! Already an absolute hero to your family, wife and two little girls, you have achieved so much today. We are in awe. Finding strength from those on the same path will carry you the next step. Take very good care on the next leg. Love Alex

Rosemary Nicholson

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 07:12 am

I've sent quite a few emails through the link over the past three days so hopefully you will get chance to read them. But in case you don't just know that we are tracking you and willing you on - I'd love to say that "we wish we were there", but I can honestly say that I am just exhausted following the route. So punishing, but I am guessing so rewarding after you finished the first stage. Absolutely brilliant - I can see that some people didn't finish and I not surprised. For you to be struggling with the heat it must have been bad. I hope Day 2 is kinder. We'll be spending the evening tracking you. Love Mum xxxxxxxx

Katrina Hodgkinson

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 06:14 am

OMG Rob - you are a LEGEND! That is an incredible story, you should be so proud, we are all very proud of you back here in our arm chairs! Good luck tomorrow!! Xx

Kar Seng Yee

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 06:13 am

How in the world did you hit a wall and still place well into the top half?? Good job and keep going!

Greg Cam

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 05:26 am

Solid! To Infinity and Beyond

Lauren Homer

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 02:41 am

Go you good thing! Day one done! We’re all behind you Rob.

Yusef Ansari

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 01:59 am

*wall again

Yusef Ansari

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 01:39 am

Awesome start Robsie, very proud of you! Keep it up and I look forward to the next blog. Remember, if you hit a walk again, you just need to summon your inner Kenneth…that is what he’s there for! Much love, amigo.

Matt Four

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 01:36 am

So you're saying you still beat 71 other people after hitting a wall and cuddling your tent mate under a rock for 10 mins? SMASHED IT BRUVA! Now... can you stop crying so I can take the piss out of you please? 😂

Rob Kelly

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 01:13 am

Amazing work Robsie! Very impressive stuff mate. Keep strong and GO GET IT!!

Jordan Betts

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 01:03 am

Awesome work mate, cracking start! one foot in front of the other. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

Amit Shah

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 12:42 am

Solid start Stratham! All those 3km Runs with me paying out now ;) Keep strong and smash it up Forrest!

Char Nicholson

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 12:37 am

First day was always going to be the hardest. Nothing prepares you for that. Keep soaking up the energy from the people running with you and remember- ITS JUST A RACE. (I know this will make you run harder, because for you it’s not!) Hope you sleep tonight. Didn’t you request a solo cabin…. ;) We are all behind you kicking that butt up the sand dunes

Matt Burke

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 12:31 am

Yes ROBSIE!! The first day is the hardest, now you know what to expect and what it takes to get through it. Onwards and upwards from here my friend! Just break it down, 10kms at a time. Doing great, keep it up and don't worry about where you finish, the long March will take care of all that for you!! :)

Adam Govan

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 12:11 am

You are a machine pal! Doesn’t matter where you place its the fact you are doing it mate. Keep on going brother!


Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 11:45 pm

Yes Robsy!!!! well done mate, a very encouraging start. First victory to you in this war with the desert. How are you dealing with the chaffing and lack of ensuite bathrooms so far?

23 September 2023 08:10 pm (GMT-04:00) Santiago

We have arrived in the desert!!! I have set up my bed for the night and met a lot of the racers, everyone is lovely and all seem in good spirits. 
Excited to get going tomorrow, I am hearing a mix of how people are going to attack the race… my plan is a Zone 2 pace keep it steady but constant and ensure I am well hydrated. I want to save my ‘juice’ for the long march day 5… lets see. 
I am interested to see how competitive my strategy is but I am sticking to it regardless on who passes me tomorrow.. well.. I will try to. I may get a little excited.. 
My pack is 11kg without water… a bit heavier than I want but Burke convinced me to add more food so hear I am. With water I assume around 13kg. Let’s see How I am feeling post stage 1 tomorrow.
Jet lag I am hoping doesn’t get me last night was fine so lets pray I am lucky there 
We are at 3300m above sea level the altitude seems to be ok for me so far. So again lets hope. 
Toilets at camp are festival style. So I have eyed up some good looking bushes for later. 
Oh…good news is there is a heat wave in the Atacama which will be great when running at midday tomorrow.
But for now thats me team, wish me luck, lets see how we go. 
Love to all.

Comments: Total (13) comments

Roch Winton and Anavai

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 05:22 pm

Yessssss DJ repeat! We are cheering for you from the Cook Islands. And yes. You definitely need more snacks. Always! Love you x P.s it took me 3 times to get the sliding puzzle authenticate thing....that's how exciting I am for you haha

Oli M

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 11:30 am

Yes mate good luck ! Can wait to follow 🤙

Ray Wepener

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 11:15 am

Good luck…! Will be following you. Enjoy a week of Expedition Foods. Make sure you get up before dawn to avoid those portaloos…

Tom Morriosn

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 10:40 am

Go get it Robsie. Best of luck mate

Matt Burke

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 06:40 am

Yes Robsie!! The adventure begins, such a great experience! Looking forward to hearing how it all goes and we will all be cheering you on. Look after those feet and carb load like crazy…Go you good thing x

Margot Carpenter

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 03:42 am

Go Robsie 👊🏻 Carpos are all cheering you on x

Stephen Sutorius

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 03:40 am

Get ‘‘em rob , bloody lucky with the heatwave, you will be used to the heat and it will wipe out your completion.

Andrew Carpenter

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 02:46 am

Good work Roberto - get walking!

Adam Govan

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 02:41 am

You’ve got this mate! Good luck on day 1

Ali Thurecht

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 02:38 am

Get ‘em Bobby 💪🏽

Charlotte Nicholson

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 02:27 am

Woohooooo! Girls say go daddy go

Danny Burke

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 01:23 am

Best of luck out there in the heat Bobby! You've got this, don't push too hard, get used to that heat and altitude. The Yorkshire grit well get you through it. And try not think about a strawberry cheesecake haagen dazs mid afternoon 😋

Alex Hodgkinson

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 12:49 am

We’re cheering for you Rob!

22 September 2023 02:56 pm (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London

Hey team,

So I just wanted to say I am dedicating this race to my good friend Dan, who sadly took his own life last week. I love and miss you brother. I will spend a lot of this time remembering you and smiling at the fond times we had together… although... I am still trying to forget that Macau pool party you dragged me to…


I can only hope you are resting in peace my man.

This is for you x

Comments: Total (6) comments

Melissa Bromley

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 02:15 am

😢❤️ cheering you on!!

Neil Shonhard

Posted On: 29 Sep 2023 02:36 am

💪 🏃‍♂️

Nisha Shivdasani

Posted On: 28 Sep 2023 07:52 pm

So proud of you Robbo. What an amazing challenge to rise to. You have all the love and support from all of us. Keep going. Evans is cheering you on too! So lovely of you to dedicate this to him. Miss you both squillions. Lots of love from Nisho. Daniel sends love too xx

Chris Chapman

Posted On: 24 Sep 2023 07:19 am

Go well out there legend! Will be following this closely! Soak it up!

Ali Baxter

Posted On: 23 Sep 2023 01:49 pm

Sending you all our love Rob 💪🏽

Joe Mauko

Posted On: 23 Sep 2023 12:20 am

You got this! God bless you and your friend best wishes

09 August 2023 11:45 am (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London

Why am I here AGAIN.. the freezer door opens with ease, I lean inside knowing what I want, knowing exactly where it is. I grab it, its cold as ice, my mouth starts to melt, pupils dilate with excitement. I move back to the lounge room. Succession is on the TV, my wine glass is full, I flip open the lid.. peel back the protective cover and I am ready ‘Ben and Jerrys chunky monkey’ is staring at me. My spoon already being daggered towards to tub but then I look down and see Sebby, the nickname Mai had given to my ever a’round’ belly. I start to panic, I know where my mind is going. I aggressively drive my spoon into the tub devouring as much of the chunky delight my mouth will hold. I am having one of my moments. Its all over. I can feel a shift, I cant eat anymore. I finish off my wine, I realise its time. Sebby has been part of my life for too long. Its time for change. Its time to get running.

Comments: Total (11) comments

Melissa Bromley

Posted On: 30 Sep 2023 02:10 am

Goooo Roblem!!! You got this!! Xx

Terry Nicholson

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 05:19 pm

Well done son, been watching your progress through the day. I will line up a couple of tubs of ice cream when we see next week and maybe a beer !! Have a good run tomorrow. Love Dad

Mai Y

Posted On: 25 Sep 2023 12:02 pm

Hold on SEBBY

Adam Govan

Posted On: 23 Sep 2023 03:13 am

Go Roberto!

Rich Gower

Posted On: 22 Sep 2023 05:28 am

Go on boi! Singapore’s answer to Mo Farah. Very dashing picture x

Danny Burke

Posted On: 20 Sep 2023 12:07 pm

Why don't you send him a rickshaw Burkey 2? Help a pal out eh...

Charlotte Rose Nicholson

Posted On: 19 Sep 2023 11:35 pm

Well someone had to leave the ice cream for me

Matt Burke

Posted On: 13 Sep 2023 03:55 am

You are about to embark on a truly epic and life changing adventure my friend. Enjoy every minute, especially the low and painful parts (of which there will be many). They make the finish and elation at the end all the more enjoyable. Look forward to reading all your posts - Fair well and good luck!

Charlie Toller

Posted On: 12 Sep 2023 09:57 am

Go Robzy!

Katie Steyn

Posted On: 12 Sep 2023 09:35 am

Yeeeahhh Robsie!! Spoon down, knees up 💪🏻💪🏻

Tanja Volm

Posted On: 20 Aug 2023 10:46 am

Dear Robert, so funny. I am an ice cream addict as well and as soon as we are back in St. Pedro we will have a very big one! See you xxx