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Denis Kelliher
Stage 1

25 September 2022 06:21 pm (GMT-04:00) Santiago

So day one finished, 5 hours 15 minutes or so, don’t know where that was overall tho, felt pretty good. A bit of knee pain so see how that goes over the next few days- bugger..... Got the leader in our tent who did 3.15. I told him no-one likes a show off......Was pretty cold last nite, but warm and sunny now, as expected....anyway, back to relax. Two kiwis in the tent an two brits....

Comments: Total (8) comments

Vanessa Wells

Posted On: 27 Sep 2022 06:20 am

Amazing DK ... following the numbers ... cheering you on!! Woohoo!

Matt Darnbrough

Posted On: 26 Sep 2022 06:33 pm

Nice start, DK. Good luck for the next few days. We’ve done some calculations, taking into account your age, the distance travelled to get to Atacama, and your IQ, you’re actually in 3rd place overall! Obviously your IQ let you down… Lots of love and virtual foot rubs, The Darnbrough5

Robin Westcott

Posted On: 26 Sep 2022 08:06 am

Enjoy the Atacama panorama and be kind to that knee.

Mark McIntosh

Posted On: 26 Sep 2022 07:34 am

Great work matey. Crazy how we were doing our LANDSAR training in the Port Hills this time last week and now you're casually racing in Chile! Nutter. I'll be supporting you and your fellow Brits and Kiwis in your tent. Catch up for a cold one when you're back in ChCh 👌

Sarah Norrie

Posted On: 26 Sep 2022 06:12 am

Well done Dave. First one done. Say hi to Mark Cross for me. You were in his dust today. 😘

Meaghan Kelliher

Posted On: 26 Sep 2022 05:45 am

Good start! How’s the solar panel working for the tunes? Tape the knee? Loads of people passing on their best - half a dozen 20/21yr olds raising glasses to you last night 😉🍺🥃🍻 so stage 2 should be a breeze….

Bernie O'Fagan

Posted On: 25 Sep 2022 11:45 pm

nice first stage dk, top third, and thats before we take age into account, good luck tommorrow

Rob Campion

Posted On: 25 Sep 2022 11:33 pm

Perfectly run opening day DK. You so far back in the pack that nobody will consider you a threat! I have warned your tent mates to watch their food supply #kimberleys2010.
Denis Kelliher
Coming soon to a desert near you

05 September 2022 10:12 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

Pretty much ready to go, albeit with gear scattered over the bedroom floor in a vaguely logical pattern and causing a modicum of marital issues. Whilst a chilly Christchurch winter and spring means heat training has been limited, some final sessions in Vertex Gym heat and altitude chambers hopefully will trigger some good sweating, and borrowing a mates sauna as well. Getting into San Pedro a few days early and maybe do some touristy stuff. Look forward to seeing the team!!

Comments: Total (11) comments

Jodie White

Posted On: 25 Sep 2022 01:32 am

All the best for the race tomorrow, you got this! You didn't spend all that time in Bernies sauna for nothing!!

Vanessa Wells

Posted On: 24 Sep 2022 06:05 am

Woohoo ... following all the way ... go well DK!!

Vanessa Wells

Posted On: 24 Sep 2022 06:05 am

Woohoo ... following all the way ... go well DK!!

Donna Kotzikas

Posted On: 23 Sep 2022 11:38 pm

Wishing you all the best DK from the less fitter DKs

Donna Kotzikas

Posted On: 23 Sep 2022 11:37 pm

Wishing you all the best DK from the less fitter DKs

Michelle Hewett

Posted On: 23 Sep 2022 08:13 am

Hey DK, you crazy man! Thinking of you and hoping you have an amazing time. Go you! Michelle & Dave

Fred Kroon

Posted On: 22 Sep 2022 03:13 am

Enjoy! Break a leg! Not literally, of course...

Eva Stockdale

Posted On: 21 Sep 2022 01:40 pm

Best of luck DK - not that you need it. We’ll be following online from Malaysia, from poolside. Hayden will be there for moral support just when you need it 😬. Xx Eva

Meaghan Kelliher

Posted On: 20 Sep 2022 10:18 am

Thks Sam! I did briefly think about volunteering again….. but it would be so hard to match such a great group!

Maureen Howard

Posted On: 18 Sep 2022 11:42 pm

All the best! I see you are from Christchurch! I live in Dunedin. Say hi to my brother John Howard who is doing the race.

Sam Fanshawe

Posted On: 05 Sep 2022 12:15 pm

Whoop - it will be great to see you back in San Pedro! We'll miss Meaghan this time though.