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Hello from a warm and sunny rest day camp!

02 May 2019 06:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria

Hello from a warm and sunny rest day camp!  Everyone is relaxing and attempting to recover from yesterday’s big effort, albeit for some it was also very much a today thing as well, with many taking 20+ hours to get it done. That’s tough!

 

I had a great day yesterday, managing the conditions pretty well, allowing me to enjoy the truly spectacular scenery.  Many suffered with the heat, I’m told it was around 40c (and zero shade all day), but it didn’t seem an issue for me.  I struggled a bit in the last 4k, but that was it.  No major suffering for me – I was back in camp, relaxing in its relative comfort, watching the most spectacular sun set, followed by the most amazing display of stars, whilst most people slogged on. It was pretty special.

 

Jess and Eddie, I’m afraid my colour limitations resulted in me not seeing a lot wildlife out on the course, primarily due to a backdrop of orange/red rocky mountains.  It also made following pink flags all day a little tricky at times as well!  Anyhow, hyenas were spotted again, along with lots of black scorpions and my favourite – cheetahs!  I so wish to see a cheetah.  Apparently they are plentiful in these parts, so I’ll keep looking.

 

Fitness wise I’m in good shape considering we’ve been roughing it for a bit now, plus the small matter of running 200k with heavy backpacks. Some people are looking a touch sore though, I have to say.  It’s a tough old course, way harder than I was expecting.  

 

Tomorrow’s last push I believe is 38k, with a sand dune section that climbs 700m plus, in just 10k.  I’m thinking that might sting a little! Thereafter I think it’s a quick 15k or so dash to an ocean front finish. 

 

I’m pleased it’s the home stretch, super looking forward to seeing C, J & E back in HK!

 

Rich

Comments: Total (6) comments

Caroline Spivey

Posted On: 03 May 2019 07:48 am

Such a fantastic result from the long march - we'll let you off for the lack of wildlife spotting and will settle for watching David Attenborough instead. Hope you enjoy the final few days as much, I mean it's not like running on sand will be hard or anything... Love from us all, C, J and E x

Lourens Roets

Posted On: 03 May 2019 04:09 am

Well done, Richard. You deserve to be called Sandman from now on!

Catherine Sanderson

Posted On: 02 May 2019 05:59 pm

Sorry for repeating myself ,it says invalid code so I do again only for it to of gone through X3

Catherine Sanderson

Posted On: 02 May 2019 05:53 pm

Mighty impressive - time wise, coping with the heat and being able to enjoy it all at the same. A few ups and downs tomorrow should just about do it. Saturday will be such a relief, no hard slog and a much lighter bag. Well done. CJE will be pleased to have you back. Enjoyed your blogs. Cx Jamie - Deanwood much the same. A few new faces , replacement windows and doors and bigger cars in the drives. We are not quite ready for a hand rail yet. Cx

Catherine Sanderson

Posted On: 02 May 2019 05:49 pm

Mighty impressive - time wise, coping with the heat and being able to enjoy it all at the same. A few ups and downs tomorrow should just about do it. Saturday will be such a relief, no hard slog and a much lighter bag. Well done. CJE will be pleased to have you back. Enjoyed your blogs. Cx Jamie - Deanwood much the same. A few new faces , replacement windows and doors and bigger cars in the drives. We are not quite ready for a hand rail yet. Cx

Catherine Sanderson

Posted On: 02 May 2019 05:49 pm

Mighty impressive - time wise, coping with the heat and being able to enjoy it all at the same. A few ups and downs tomorrow should just about do it. Saturday will be such a relief, no hard slog and a much lighter bag. Well done. CJE will be pleased to have you back. Enjoyed your blogs. Cx Jamie - Deanwood much the same. A few new faces , replacement windows and doors and bigger cars in the drives. We are not quite ready for a hand rail yet. Cx
Stage 3 - an amazing and equally brutal day

30 April 2019 05:48 pm (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria

Hello from a super windy and rather chilly stage 3 camp! 

 

Today was an amazing and equally brutal day.  I took it steady on the 3 beach sections knowing what’s ahead tomorrow, only to get beaten up thereafter by the terrain in the last 10k.  Hard to describe what it was like, probably the hardest 10k section I’ve run, mainly due to some full on sandy head winds of maybe 50kph plus.  It was truly great to see camp and hear the beating drums welcoming me to the finish.  Anyhow, it’s done and now it’s all about the big one tomorrow!

 

You were right Jess and Eddie, hyena’s were spotted on stage 2!  Today was very impressive on the wildlife front. There was a 10k section of beach with 2 thousand plus seals resting on beach and playing in the big surf.  It was spectacular. Two jackals walked past me, maybe no more than 2m in front of me.  They jogged a long with me for a bit and then decided run at the seals for a bit of fun, only to get told off by a big group of angry seals.  I didn’t see them after that. I think they got bored and headed inland. 

 

In the last section of the course, maybe 5k out of camp, I did see some impressively large prints in the dirt that were easily as big as my hand. I seemed to pick up my pace a bit after that!

 

I don’t think I’ll get chance to blog tomorrow.  I suspect I’ll be out there chasing pink flags for most of the day, crashing and burning straight into my tent.  Thursday’s is rest day (or still race day for some), I’ll have plenty of time then to provide updates.

 

Right, time visit the medic tent and get myself patched again ahead of tomorrow!

 

I missing you loads C, J & E. Having lots of fun, but super looking forward to seeing you soon in HK!

 

Rich

Comments: Total (4) comments

Bobs T

Posted On: 01 May 2019 06:14 pm

Nice one Dickie. Keep on keeping on.

Matk Liu

Posted On: 01 May 2019 01:37 am

Great to see you were having fun Rich, amazing you found an energy spurt after seeing the huge prints 😂 I am sure you will continue to do well and can't wait to hear about your adventures when you are back in HK Cheers

Jamie K

Posted On: 30 Apr 2019 08:21 pm

Keep going Rich. better stop your holidaying around the beach if it’s the big day tomorrow and get some rest. All the best

Catherine Sanderson

Posted On: 30 Apr 2019 05:58 pm

Well done we are very proud of your progress to date. We will be thinking of you tomorrow.May the ground rise up to meet you and the wind always be at your back. ( A wee Irish blessing)
Day 2 done, happy days!

29 April 2019 07:10 pm (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria

Day 2 done, happy days!  A beautiful camp today, just off the beach in deep sand, with dunes all around. It’s warmer as well, meaning camp is a happy place J

 

Today’s stage was shorter than planned, due to lions being in the area.  I think that’s a pretty cool reason for a course change.  Anyhow, even though it was only 34k, it was a tough day at the office.  Lots of energy draining terrain with the last 45 mins being a little tough.  Despite this I had a solid day.  A few people stepped up today (and zoomed past me) after having a few issues yesterday. It’s a pretty competitive field, making it lots of fun.

 

Tomorrow I believe is going to be very hard. 44k or so all on the beach in deep sand. Knowing the long day is up straight after with temps of 40c forecast, I’m thinking I should take it easy tomorrow.  Well that’s the theory…I’m sure I’ll just crack on as normal!

 

Jess and Eddie, a few of the camp doctors spotted a couple of the big game - the funny looking ones with short back legs – can you guess what they were? 

 

Tomorrow is seal day, apparently we’ll see loads of them, along with lots of ship wrecks. Hopefully there will be lots of nice photos.

 

Off to annoy Ben and Rod now, my tent mates.

 

Love you Caroline, Jess and Eddie.

 

Rich

PS, Jess, your good luck message is running with me, attached to my timing chip J

Comments: Total (6) comments

Jamie K

Posted On: 30 Apr 2019 08:18 pm

Sounds like another great day, my money’s on the big game... what position did the hyenas come? Hi Catherine- hope all is well in Deanwood x

Caroline Spivey

Posted On: 30 Apr 2019 09:36 am

Jess and Eddie guess hyenas! Both were very confident you could outrun a hyena. Until Jess pointed out that they hunt in packs and then both took a rather more fatalist view of your chances.... Really proud of you and hope today went to plan. Good luck for the monster day tomorrow, we’ll be cheering for you x

Jo Fox

Posted On: 29 Apr 2019 10:39 pm

Richard Well done on both stages!! So happy to hear you are doing great and enjoying the experience at the same time. Love the reason for a change of course today, good luck tomorrow and looking forward to more interesting stories. Tell Ben I am very proud he managed to stay in Top 10 despite injuries and insufficient training - tell him to catch up soon so he can get back at you, haha! Enjoying annoying each other for a few more days boys, can't wait to hear about all the jokes. Jo

Catherine Sanderson

Posted On: 29 Apr 2019 06:21 pm

Well done, it all sounds very tough but exciting. We hope tomorrow goes well. Hello Jamie.

Catherine Sanderson

Posted On: 29 Apr 2019 06:21 pm

Well done, it all sounds very tough but exciting. We hope tomorrow goes well. Hello Jamie.

Michael Sanderson

Posted On: 29 Apr 2019 05:50 pm

Another great effort - well done!
End of stage 1 already and feeling pretty decent.

28 April 2019 07:06 pm (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria

It was a fun stage, especially after the sun finally came out.  Felt strong and moved pretty quickly, at least until 34k, thereafter the weight of my pack caught up with me a little, making the last hour something of a slog.  I should be good for tomorrow though.

 

We’ve seen lots of animal tracks crossing the course today, no idea what they were, but hopefully nothing too big!  The parks big cat tracker whose keeping an eye on things seem relaxed this afternoon , I’m taking that to be a good sign!

 

Off to get some food now, plus cheer on the runners coming in. 

 

Love you C, J & E xxx

Comments: Total (11) comments

Keith Smook

Posted On: 29 Apr 2019 06:16 pm

As long as you stay ahead of those cats. Well done! Say hi to my dad Bib 80. ✊🏼

HL Wat

Posted On: 29 Apr 2019 05:54 am

Add oil Richard! You are doing great as expected!!!

Dennis Theodosis

Posted On: 29 Apr 2019 05:43 am

Super effort mate. Glad it didn't take much out of you.

Caroline Spivey

Posted On: 29 Apr 2019 04:15 am

Glad that first stage went well! Photos of the race look amazing, if a little chilly in the mornings. We googled wildlife in the Skeleton Park and there are 2 votes for those tracks being Hyenas and 1 vote for a Cheetah. Or a Rhino. No no, a Lion. (Guess who’s vote that could be :-) Anyways, whatever’s out there if they get too close you can always distract them with the delicious and nutritious food you’re carrying in your rucksack. And as a bonus there will be less weight to hold you back as you run away.... Good luck for Stage 2! Love C, J and E x

Ando Taylor

Posted On: 29 Apr 2019 12:57 am

A couple of those big cats might smarten up your pace, Rich! Good luck for Stage 2.

Carmen Fay

Posted On: 29 Apr 2019 12:50 am

Off to a great start Rich! Hope the cat tracker stays relaxed!

Craig Torgius

Posted On: 28 Apr 2019 11:41 pm

Great going Rich!

Jamie Kirkaldy

Posted On: 28 Apr 2019 09:50 pm

Bloody Nora, Rich! Fifth after stage 1? Take it steady

Claire Anderson

Posted On: 28 Apr 2019 08:42 pm

Sounds like a great start... don't get eaten by big cats

Keith Smook

Posted On: 28 Apr 2019 07:17 pm

Cool post! 😎 Get some good rest. Say hi to my dad, Bib 80

Michael Sanderson

Posted On: 28 Apr 2019 07:12 pm

That's a great effort - well done!