MdS 2011 – Day 10, Stage 6 – The Finish

April 09
MdS 2011 – Day 10, Stage 6 – The Finish

She’s finished.

The final time 3:19:20 for 17.5 km (11 miles). Final positions will be out later after everyone has completed as they had a staggered start.

She was obviously a bit camera shy at the end, but here is the moment (that’s her in the black with the white stripes down her arms!)

The Finish Line

After 155 miles, blistering heat, dunes, hills, night stages, sleeping in the middle of the desert, crevasses, camel grass, pebbles of all shapes and sizes, she has finally finished.

She has the medal to prove it, which will probably end up in a draw before too long, but the experience will live with her forever.


Posted by on April 9, 2011 in Running


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10 responses to “MdS 2011 – Day 10, Stage 6 – The Finish

  1. Tracy Harington HawesNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Hooray, Hooray, Hooray – does not seem enough to congratulate you on completing such and incredibly physical, mental & emotional journey/adventure – not sure I am making sense as I am lost for words again I feel nothing I say will emulate your experience and achievement – enjoy all the celebrations to follow! I look forward to reading the book about it all ;-)!

  2. Liz KinchinNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    DIVINE !!!!!! Hoooooray hooray, wow I am sooooo thrilled for you. Absolutely incredible acheivement.

  3. MandyNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    And what are we going to do now you finished Lizzy? You got us all hooked on your blog?! We want to see some pics please! Love, hugs and huge congrats for one incredible achievement xo

  4. RosalindNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Congratulations! I look forward to hearing more about it! Don’t forget to bring your medal to drop off once the kids are back- i imagine I’m not the only one who will want to admire it!

  5. Jayne KingNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Words fail me !!! EXCEPTIONAL….Experience of a lifetime. Such a WINNER. Love you. X

  6. StefanieNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Wonderful Liz! Congratulations on an amazing achievement, and thank you so much to Richard as well for keeping us informed all the way. I have enjoyed it with you!

  7. jean bodenhamNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Many congratulations from us all! That is really amazing! Cant wait to see the medal. What a brilliant experience you have had. So what is next then? jx

  8. Mum & DadNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Can almost see you on the webcam.
    The Lord be praised.
    We are quite overwhelmed with what you have done.

  9. timNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Well, it’s over ! What an experience, what a race you have completed and what a “ride” we have ALL had.

    I blame you for taking a few years off my life………………for a start, for saying you were exhausted after day 3 and admitting that you were “worried” [very inconsiderate of you really…….how were WE supposed to feel about that then……! ] but mainly for stopping our hearts the next day on the long stage when we now already knew you had “struggled” on stage 3, half the distance. As in other aspects of life, the NOT KNOWING is what gets one more than anything else and here we sat, aware you were no longer with Ant who had progressed, you just DISAPPEARED off our websight screens with time ticking by……..and NO progress. Were you exhausted and had abandoned, had you collapsed, had that niggling Ileotibial band injury STRUCK you down at a cruel moment as these injuries have a habit of doing ?Under these circumstances, WE had to get up and keep going to work, PRETENDING nothing was going on!!! Until more news we just couldn’t know and unfortunately EVERYTHING and anything went through my mind. The pretence couldn’t last and now at work “compassion fatigue” had reared it’s ugly head ……..” so you think you’ve got problems and are feeling bad”, I found myself thinking while listening to complains, knee pain, high blood pressure,flu, “pruritis ani” – that’s an itchy bottom by the way and I know that can be quite bad……but few problems seemed of significance with the thought of you, possibly dehydrated and dilerious somewhere, exhausted, septic blisters on swollen feet, stranded alone but perhaps worst of all, feeling low and disappointed with those awful thoughts of possible failure out in the middle of the Sahara………….. Most of course sleep at the check points with everyone else, huddled together,when it comes to that but no, not Liz……..she “checks in”, INBETWEEN check points……..who cares about wild animals, toxic insects [like HUGE scorpions and infamous “camel spiders” – believe me even a picture of one of these sends a shiver] and potentially mad arabs!!! …………..this is what you put us through, what you have been responsible for!!!!……………but of course what ELATION when you reappeared, the next time split showing that you had not just recovered and continued the race but ACCELERATED, something that you were to continue with for the remainder of the event, completing an amazing standard 42.2km marathon, close to half way down the field on stage 5.
    Well done again for your achievement, thanks for sharing it and forever may you remember the race, the amazing landscape, the sand and stars,the people you have met, the comeraderie and no doubt the fantastic support that it sounds you have had..

  10. ZeldaNo Gravatar

    April 10, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Wahey, way to go :) :) :) :) :) :) :) Memories will last forever, WELL DONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XXX


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