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Paul Redbourn
Stage 5

08 March 2019 05:40 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

hello all....the day after the long was a real adventure.  firstly i am happy to say that i made it in one piece and just 1 hour after it went dark

we had rain for 12 hours solid, which meant being soaked to the bone - despite however technical your gear was.  the course was changed 3 times on the day due to certain river crossings being too high..... one was up to my shorts... ice cold glacial water with a very strong current..experiences that i never thought i would have...i had to empty and rinse my trainers many times yesterday to avoid blisters gettng worse – good news is that my feet are still strong

i had been waiting to finish the day with vegetable tikka for dinner, but i was frozen and shivering non stop – i had to strip off the wet gear leave shoes outside the tent and get straigt into the sleeping bag with an additional emergency foil around it... i couldnt sleep but i was warm and dry

today is rest day...i had the vegetable tikka for breakfast after a day of not eating enough and i am feeling strong for tmrw

positions are not out yet as we all got mixed up and lost with the 3 course changes, but i was pretty much in the usual positioning

yesterday was one CRAZY, cold, wet experience where my body went into survival mode to get me home to the tent....definitely pushed the body harder than ever before and jogged about 50%

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Jannie Broberg

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 07:15 pm

Amazing Paul - cannot describe how big this is to follow. Good luck on the rest of the race


Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 03:23 pm

Bet it was the best tasting vegetable tikka ever :) Just one last push to the end! I'm such in awe of what you are achieving that I may even forgive you for all those pineapple on pizzas through the years - well done! xxx

Ian Redbourn

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 12:29 pm

Superhero indeed! Sounds like an extremely tough day. Its just incredible what you are doing. Homeward bound now.......keep it going bro!!!

Ben Lloyd

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 08:55 am

Great work mate. by the time you get this, hopefully last day done, big smile and a hugely well deserved beer in hand. Enjoy.....

Thomas Reunert

Posted On: 08 Mar 2019 06:49 am

Paul, fantastic adventure- you are my new superhero! Keep going! /Thomas
Paul Redbourn
Stage 4

06 March 2019 08:32 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

Thank you all for the blogs and emails…they are great to read after tough days in the mountains

Today was a beast again….up 1700m, amazing views of Wanaka from mount roy…then along a ridge that genuinely scared me….a very long winding path down to Wanaka, then a 15km run in heat with no shade.   I am now in the most beautiful camp nestled in the mountains and preparing for the 80km day tmrw

Finished 25th today, I had to walk the last 12km, before a gentle 2km jog to camp

Will fix some blisters now, then eat eat and eat !

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Michael Bacon

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 07:07 am

Wow, great work Paul, 18th spot today, looks like the rice filled rucksak is paying off!! Keep going boss, we're all rooting for you!
Paul Redbourn
Stage 3

05 March 2019 02:46 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

Wow!  Another crazy tough day….40km over 3 stunning mountains 2440m total gain. Cold and windy at this checkpoint..already in pyjamas

Still happy to finish today #23   :-)

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Ian Redbourn

Posted On: 07 Mar 2019 09:10 am

Last leg Paul! Absolutely amazing achievement. Jimbo said he'd do it with you next year!

Jimbo Redbourn

Posted On: 06 Mar 2019 12:41 am

KEEEEEEEP GOING mate! looks incredible, very proud !

Ben Chandler

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 11:33 pm

Doing amazing dude - course sound very tough - but I be the views are amazing! We are all routing for you from the office!

Jannie Broberg

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 04:35 pm

Hi Paul You are doing so well - sending you lots of positive energy for the coming days!


Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 01:14 pm

Well done Paul! I'm impressed you have packed your pjs in your 10kg backpack! :) Looking forward to reading more about your race xxx
Paul Redbourn
Stage 2

05 March 2019 02:32 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

What a day….all four seasons today, mount pisa was a beast with only slight visibility, harsh winds and temp near zero

Back at camp now…..burning hot weather ! but we have a stream to clean in… I have never run through so many cow sh1ts !!

Managed top 20 again so v happy

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Paul Redbourn
Ready to go at 8am views are stunning

02 March 2019 09:15 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

All getting to know each other this afternoon…very excited to get going..bag checked in at 10kg, more than I had hoped, but too early to start dumping supplies !

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Ben Chandler

Posted On: 05 Mar 2019 02:19 am

dude - looking good ...... keep those legs pumping ......
Paul Redbourn
Ready !

01 March 2019 04:31 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

After a long travel day yesterday I arrived at Wanaka.   The hotel and weather were great, but I was too busy unpacking and repacking my kit to take it all in

Today was much more relaxed and I managed to squeeze in a 5km run along the lake to loosen up.  Yet again the weather is stunnig, but maybe a bit hot for 250km !

One more trek to the town (3km walk around the lake) for dinner tonight and any more last minute purchases 

Tmrw is check in day starting immediately after an early breakfast 

Looking forward to the start line on Sunday 

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Paul Redbourn
Not long to go !

28 January 2019 11:38 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

Good morning - I cannot wait for my first RTP.   I have now spent many weeks walking & running around with 5-9kg on my back to the extent I feel naked without it !

Nearly all my gear is now tried & tested & my wife has finished sewing all the tags onto my shirts - this didn't look easy, I will have to find some special thank you presents in Queenstown




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Sandy Kondo

Posted On: 08 Feb 2019 03:10 am

Yes, it is really a hard work to sew patches on both arms, shirts, jackets, etc.... I can't wait seeing your big smile on the course :-) Enjoy !!

Sam Fanshawe

Posted On: 29 Jan 2019 04:58 am

Sounds like you're ready to go! See you in Wanaka.