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Sandy Suckling
Sand Dune Day - just loved it

03 May 2019 07:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria

Sand dune day today just loved it albeit it was tough and so so windy that I thought I was going to get blown off the dunes.


Decided today was just going to push through the day and get in as quick as was possible for me. Had nothing to win or lose in any off it just that I love the freedom of running and tomorrow was only 10 km so somehow if I upset knee too much I could hobble in tomorrow.


Well Col set the tone as when we counted down the start today he took off sprinting with all of us behind him was classic Col and so funny I nearly fell over from laughing so much. Anyway he stopped of course 2 flags down and I high fived him on the way past.


Dunes were stunning today best day ever I told them at the finish line.


Sitting in camp by the beach very windy still ready for dinner and bed and the final 10km to victory. I didn’t think I would make it to the start line but with adjustment here I am ready to finish the final stage. 


You would think I have done enough of these races to not get emotional but I still do. It has been tough for me more mentally than anything and again lessons learnt.


Love having my wonderful hubby here and of course everyone loves him too. Looking forward to a hot shower and real food. Thanks to all that have left me messages I will personally catch up with you all when I am home with an email or message. Love to all signing off from cyber tent Namibia xxx

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Helen Hatherly

Posted On: 05 May 2019 07:14 am

WOW Sandy you’ve done it again! How incredible to have achieved another amazing feat!! Your knees, legs and feet have arrived at their destination due to your positive and ‘can do’ approach. Well done and I look forward to seeing you soon. With love and admiration Helen x

Lynette Giddings

Posted On: 04 May 2019 04:43 am

Sandy, You are RIPOR's 'lil CHAMPION - Well done You coming in 8th in the Ladies - I'm so in awe of you. Wondering if you want to swap sore feet for my sore thorat and tongue? My advice? - You're better off!! Looking forard to some pics on my return to AwS. Lx
Sandy Suckling
Here I am after the long stage

02 May 2019 07:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria

Here I am after the long stage really enjoyed the day to a point keeping with my run walk and managing the knee I have learnt it is about excepted once you go through all the other emotions.

So I have enjoyed he moments of walking to fill my soul with the beauty of the desert and everything is so much more vivid and picturises when you are able to look around and not constantly look at your feet while running so it has been quite empowering for me and told Col as I past him at a CP I am training for our next hike as I slipped a kiss in and kept running.

The heat was brutal early in the day but I managed it well as the walk run I think helps and carried and drank plenty of water too.

We were told at 6pm we had to do a mandatory pair something hard for me  I like to do my own thing but I paired up with Eric and  we continue together to the end it was lovely sharing both stories and silence.

It was brutal under feet but we finally made it to camp woot hoo. Sleep a must.

Had my moments out there got really emotional at one stage but thought about messages and love ones. Very teary reading messages and emails now so many emotions love to all Dune day tomorrow woot hoo love the dunes.

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Sandy Suckling
Stage 3 - that was cruel today but just took it all in my stride

30 April 2019 07:57 pm (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria

Oh dear that was cruel today but just took it all in my stride and enjoyed the beach with the seals swimming in the surf, the birds, the Jackals hunting around and the ship wrecks along the coast. The day started alright and I kept the run walk strategy. 30 odd km of beach running was so punishing so I just kept pushing through but the winds were intense all day. Last check point and 10 km to camp over rocks with the most horrible head wind just criminal. I was head down and just power hiking at this stage. Caught up to Col who was out checking the pink flags as so many were now blown over but I walked with him for a few kms until the car met him - but no not me I continued into camp feeling very overwhelmed at this stage as the wind was horrific and I was over it. Tried to keep a smile and think of all the positives the family friends and adventures but I was never so happy to see camp OMG that was one tough day. My highlight was seeing Col out there and walking the 2 km together. Long stage tomorrow 80km I think but all doable just need to stay focussed. Just read my emails and blog comments. So so nice will respond to you all when I get home so so appreciate all the positive energy sent my way. Love you all now I need to rest my poor knee. Check in tomoz xx

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Helen MacDonald

Posted On: 30 Apr 2019 10:51 pm

Loving your blog. Keep doing what your doing - that shuffle's getting you there☺. Sounds like an incredible part of the world. Deep breaths inspiring lady, you can do it!💜
Sandy Suckling
Well woot hoo I had a good day

29 April 2019 07:07 pm (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria

Well woot hoo I had a good day different head space today last night the pain in my knee had me in tears wondering what the hell I was doing out here and nearly pulled the pin. So regrouped in my head decided very humbly to accept what is and give it another go today but with a positive "I am so lucky to be here" attitude and hey its Cols bday so I was happy for him we share in the desert together (thanks Peatling family gave him your lovely message).

So motored on today through breathtaking scenery large open vistas of nothing but stunning scenery. I played the game with my knee and didn’t compromise on having my 2min walking breaks and it seems like nothing is any worse. And yes Linda, in Sandy style I just kept it going doing the Sandy thing which at times thought was a grandma shuffle but hey it got me in.

Check points said I looked so happy today I was glowing and that I was doing what I love albeit a bit slower okay quite a bit slower. Saw Col at CP 1 then in at camp CP4 that made me happy too. Well of to sit at finish line with him to cheer on others still coming in. love to all. Miss the family heaps check-in tomorrow xx

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Gudrun Siegle

Posted On: 30 Apr 2019 01:39 pm

Hi Sandie Big kudos. Keep up the good work! Hope you get over the pain! And norhing wrong with walking once in a while... :-) take the time to appreciate the scenery. Gudrun

Mark Tischler

Posted On: 30 Apr 2019 01:26 am

Keep that positive attitude up and you"ll be at the finish line before you know it. Knees can be a pain but make sure the muscles are not tight around them. Give Col a birthday hug. we are all cheering you on Friends and family will be here when you get back ,enjoy the experience Mark and Therese

Louise Peatling

Posted On: 30 Apr 2019 12:17 am

Ha ha - the grandma shuffle ! I do that too and I’m not even a grandma! That’s good the knees is no worse than yesterday. Your doing great mum- keep up the smiles! Love you xxx
Sandy Suckling
Stage 1 was tough

28 April 2019 05:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria

Sitting here in the cyber tent hanging on to everything as wind is so bad it was horrid for hours coming into camp head wind just awful but here I am get to live another day out in the desert. Not my finest of hours out there knee giving me so much grief but I got it done. Had a walk run strategy which worked to keep knee from getting any worse albeit it is very painful sitting here. I will try my best tomorrow the walking makes me mentally challenged stay positive Sandy I keep saying. Stay patient whoasy that is the hard one but check point to check point. The desert is beautiful and the serenity magical have great tent buddies and so nice to see Col at CP 2 today. he is sweeping at present doing 16kmof the course bringing in the final competitors. Drums bring us all in as we approach the finish line it is great and the volunteers cheer us on. Feeling a bit flat at present as worried how tomorrow will go trying to get some ones poles that aren’t using them no luck so far.  LOve to all will check in tomoz. Thanks Sam for your message very much appreciate.

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Louise Peatling

Posted On: 29 Apr 2019 10:42 am

Hi Mum, keep up the great run and give Col a HUGE HUGE Happy Birthday from all of us here!!! Your poor knee - Beth and Ross will need to work their magic when you arrive home. You are amazing and we love you so much. All the kisses and hugs xxxx Love H, Louise and Gary x
Sandy Suckling
Nearly go time

12 April 2019 09:55 am (GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Well its nearly go time so need to set up my blog post. I am very excited to be back in the beauty of the desert to enjoy my passion, running and whatever challengers lie ahead and there is sure to be many things the highs the lows but the most wonderful friendships that always come out of these very unique experiences a bond we will all share together. Another wonderful opportunity I have been given as much as I dont feel at all ready its time to embrace what lies ahead. Lucky me I have my wonderful hubby Colin joining us all as a volunteer he is sure to keep you on track with a burst of Aussie humour.

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Linda Quirk

Posted On: 28 Apr 2019 04:12 pm

Just saw the update and you appear to be moving strong in Sandy style. Keep it up my friend!!

Mark Snehotta

Posted On: 26 Apr 2019 11:33 pm

Have a wonderful race and may the desert wind be at your back. Good luck Sandy We will be following you. Cheers Mark & Marian

Sandy S

Posted On: 24 Apr 2019 07:29 am

Can't wait Sam will miss you.

Sam Fanshawe

Posted On: 22 Apr 2019 05:13 pm

Am so excited that you are running again - very envious of you out there in the beautiful Namib Desert again. Run with your heart!!!