MdS 2011 – Day 9, Stage 5 – At the Start Line

April 08
MdS 2011 – Day 9, Stage 5 – At the Start Line

This is the day that everyone ‘enjoys’.

The long day is behind them and the distance is the classic 42.2 km yardstick for distance runners to challenge themselves.

Having completed the best part of 5 marathons over the last 6 days, it will be psychologically less imposing than it might otherwise have been, but there is still a significant physical exhaustion factor to take into account and injury is ever present, waiting on the sideline to be called on for any competitor who let’s down their guard.

Liz said that she woke up this morning with swollen feet, a sign of (mild) dehydration which she was a bit worried about, but it was certainly nothing to prevent her reaching the start line, and I’m sure once she gets going all will be fine.

For those who will be watching the webcam later (probably 3pm BST onwards) she is wearing a white ‘shesh’ (local moroccan) headgear, black top with white stripes down the side of the arms, black full length leggings with white, calf high, parachute silk gaiters and she’ll be showing off this combo in Paris, New York and Milan later in the month… :-)

08/04/2011 – STAGE N°5 :

MdS 26 - Stage 5a

Km 0 : Go W/NW (course 284°) until Km 8.9.
Km 2,2 : Ruins of old mines.
Km 5 : Sandy pass on small hill.
Km 8,1 : Small hill. Cross a valley.
Km 8,9 : Small hill, then abrupt rise.
Km 9,3 : Follow crest line to avoid faults located on the slope of Bou Lalhirh djebel.
Km 11,1 : Go back down into the valley.
Km 11,4 : Valley.
Km 12,3 : CP1. Follow markings to go up and down the djebel.
Km 12,9 : Djebel summit. Technical descent for 200 m.
Until CP2: go W/NW (general course 285°). Variable stony plateau.
Km 15,6 : End of plateau. Sandy oued bed, follow small dunes to the right.
Km 18 : Palm trees to the left in the oued. Same direction. Sand and stones.
Km 20,5 : At the end of stony passage, follow oued branch to go round crops and keep the hills to the left.
Km 22,3 : CP2 close to palm trees on left bank of oued. Follow sandy oued bed W/NW (general course 297°).
Km 23,1 : Ruins of Aït Kherdi to the right.

26 MdS - Stage 5b

Km 23,9 : Go past palm grove and Ahandar ruins taking right bank of oued.
Km 26,2 : Hill peak to the left. Sandy. Go W/NW (course 294°) until Km 28.6.
Km 27,7 : Cross a track, (concrete bridge to the right), stay in oued.
Km 28,1 : Village of Aït Haddou to the left.
Km 28,6 : Palm grove and small dunes. Follow markings carefully.
Km 29,6 : After ruins on the left, palm grove ends at a well. Cross Khing oued.
Km 30,6 : Enter Khing palm grove. CAUTION! Imperatively follow markings to avoid crops.
Km 30,9 : CP3 in palm grove. Imperatively follow markings and run along sand defence barriers on the left.
General direction West (course 259°) until Km 39.8.
Km 32,6 : Two rocky peaks to the left. Slightly stony terrain.
Km 34 : Sandy peak to the left. Slightly stony.
Km 38 : Cross oued with vegetation for 700 m.
Km 39,8 : Hill peak to the left. Go W/SW (course 239°). Slightly stony.
Km 42,2 : B6 finish line.


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15 responses to “MdS 2011 – Day 9, Stage 5 – At the Start Line

  1. Stephanie HenleyNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

    richard – how does the webcam work? i cant seem to see anything on it?

  2. DebraNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 11:01 am

    OMG Liz! you really are inspirational! I have been reading your blog and am gobsmacked by your achievements so far. What an amazing challenge to set yourself! I have all my fingers and toes crossed for you & am looking forward to reading the news that you have crossed the finish line. Go girl! Lots of love. D xxx

  3. RichardNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Steph, it doesn’t seem to be up at the moment (they have to transport the whole of the bivouac on a daily basis, a mammoth task in itself – that’s why the tents come down at 6am!) Otherwise I think you just need Flash installed. – Try again later on.

  4. Suzanne and JamesNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

    oh Richard, you are funny !!!

    Out of interest what is the percentage of women to men completing this sort of endurance task ??

  5. jean bodenhamNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Have a nice day Liz! You are so close now. Still thinking of you and willing you forward. jx

  6. RichardNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Not sure Suzy, but I think there were 44 women from the UK out of 230 total entrants, so maybe 20-25% as a guess.

  7. Tracy Harington HawesNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Was getting annoyed with the web cam glad that I am not the only one experiencing difficulties constantly thinking of you Liz particularly pushing my little girl in her pram up a steep hill this evening will check in again later to see how you are traveling x

  8. Richard PomeroyNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Webcam is up and running now and the first finishers are in (Mohammed Ahansal, #1 in 3:10:45 – our friend Mustapha, #6, was 4th)

  9. Kim Gary ZocherNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Maybe just as well I only find out today there is a live cam, otherwise I would have got no work done and very little sleep. Richard any idea of a +- time Liz could be expected to be coming through…or has she already finished? Thanks Kim

  10. RichardNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    She’s CP3 and in her best ever position in the race and improving all the time – GO LIZ, GO – Woo-Hoo!!!! :-)
    Passed CP3 @ 14:33 (local) so her predicted finish is about 7:50 hours, 16:35 (local) which is 17:35 BST
    Webcam at the ready!
    Go Liz, GO

  11. Kim Gary ZocherNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Magic news, thanks Richard. I will have my eyes glued to the monitor at 18.35 GMT +1

  12. Liz PomeroyNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Kim: Local (Morocco time) would be 16:35, 17:35 is GMT+1 (BST) 😉 Are you GMT+2 (CET)?

  13. Kim Gary ZocherNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks we are 1 hour ahead of you, as we (the whole of Europe) also has ST saving. Cheers….

  14. Kim Gary ZocherNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    She walked pass the cam :-( 16:37:46

  15. Kim Gary ZocherNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Well done !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liz


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