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MdS 2011 – Day 10, Stage 6 – At the Start Line

April 09
MdS 2011 – Day 10, Stage 6 – At the Start Line

I will not try to over-dramatise what should be the mere formality of 11 miles after the previous 6 days, during which over 144 miles have already been covered.

Nevertheless, for the record, here is what the last day has in store for Liz.

They will start out by running ‘through’ the middle of the bivouac, on the only day on which it will have been left standing, and then after what should now be a familiar few hills and dunes and only one checkpoint, the landscape will turn into an ‘urban’ environment as they make their way through the suburbs of Tazzarine to the finish line. Patrick Bauer, the race director, will be waiting to welcome each and every competitor there, and the emotion at the finish will, predictably, be palpable.

09/04/2011 – STAGE N°6 :
TAKKOURT N’TAKOUIT / TAZZARINE – 17,5 Km

MdS 26 - Stage 6

Km 0 : Go West (course 278°) up to the foot of Saredrar djebel, Km 5.1. Small pebbles.
Km 1,6 : Cross the oued. Sand and camel grass.
Km 2,8 : End of oued. Small pebbles.
Km 4,3 : Middle of pass between hills. Cross the oued, fairly rugged terrain.
Km 5,1 : Follow small track to go round crops to the right.
Km 5,8 : Go down into oued and turn left. Sandy and stony.
Km 6,3 : Sandy passage with deceptive slope. Fossilised marble mine to the right.
Km 9 : CP1 on stony plateau. Go W/NW (course 286°) until Km 12.4.
Km 10 : Cross a large track.
Km 11 : Stony plateau ends.
Km 12,4 : Cross track just before Tazzarine ruins. Slightly stony.
Km 13,6 : Go left on the track at the foot of the hill. Small ruin on the hill.
Km 14,5 : First houses of Tazzarine. Cross the village.
Km 15,9 : Tarmac road. Go left.
Km 17,5 : FINISH LINE.

 

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7 responses to “MdS 2011 – Day 10, Stage 6 – At the Start Line

  1. Kimball O'HaraNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Good morning Liz, I do hope you have had good night’s rest and recharged your body and soul.

    I can only assume that is going to be the hardest day yet, but not for the run, but for saying your goodbye’s, to your personal challenge, to the beautiful desert with the indescribable beauty of its sunrise and sunsets. Goodbye to the touching of and filling of your soul with experiences, that I and others could only try to understand, what the likes of yourself, Rich, Tim and the others that have experienced by partaking in this incredible challenge can understand. My respect, admiration and praise for you and every other runner who has tackled the “Marathon des Sables”.

    I have NO DOUBT though that THE hardest is going to be the human goodbyes, as you have already said in your replies “the camaraderie” that words alone cannot describe and wonderful friendships of which some will stay for life.

    Have a good run and savor the experience that has not only enriched you, your family and your lovely children, but also enriched us out here from every corner of the world that have had the privilege of experiencing “Your Challenge” with you via the cyber world.

    Thank you for touching my soul.

    Love Kim and Heidi

     
  2. Jayne KingNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Applause, to you and your fellow runners, what great triumph. Hope you have enjoyed the experience. Well done. Your family will be so proud. X

     
  3. John ReesNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 10:55 am

    hi Liz and many congratulations. we are so pleased for you and know that the events of the past week will give you enjoyment for ever!
    I sense the whole of the Rosbif team will be very happy with their own achievements.
    Pass on our best wishes to Greg and Anthony and have great fun celebrating this weekend
    John Jacqui Sam and Harriet

     
  4. Mum & DadNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Sunny here too!
    We wish we could be at the finish line to greet you.
    Love x x x x x

     
  5. Mum & DadNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    O frabjous day halloo hallay!
    You made it.
    What a performance as Frankie Howard used to say.
    All congratulations.
    Hope to see you soon.
    Love x x x x x x x x x x x

     
  6. Niqui du PlessisNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Bravo Liz Bravo! *BEAMING SMILE*

     
  7. Debra WoodNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Well done Liz, you are a superstar! Hope you enjoy a well deserved shower and rest xx

     

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