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MdS 2011 – Gallery

MdS 2011 – Gallery

 

Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Running

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MdS 2011 – Day 8, Stage 4 – Update from the Desert

MdS 2011 – Day 8, Stage 4 – Update from the Desert

I am totally blown away.

Not by the 82km I completed over the last 36 hours, but because I have just received another FIVE pages of messages from all the incredible people in my life :-)

Stunning but Harsh

I have cried, laughed and been flabbergasted at the emotion. I am touched and moved.

The guys in my tent are all so shocked at all my emails – they say I am THE ONLY one EVER to leave the MdS desert with a heavier backpack 😆 thank you everyone. I am relishing in your comments.

I have my out-of-this-world husband to thank. He is the rock and glue in my and our children’s lives and without his love and attention to my journey I just wouldn’t have any of this. How do I thank him enough? Let alone for all his tough and painful journeys trying to sort out blisters. Here I come, slotting straight into his solution and my blisters are beautiful compared to 100’s of others. My love you are my whole billions of galaxies and I love you and our JMLS more than you’ll ever know. Thank you.

I was sad not to have been able to stay with Ant but everything in my body was yelling for me to rest and what a rest it was!

Tough Night

I managed to run in the last 3 Checkpoints which makes me feel like I’ve partly done what I came to do.

The landscapes are stunning, but harsh and it is still 40 deg here.

Having said that, I think I have recovered well and I have washed my socks in preparation for tomorrow, as well as sorting out blisters and so about to have dinner.

There is excitement in the air.

It is the marathon day tomorrow, the classic 42.2 km distance which everyone wants to measure themselves against; then a mere 17.5 km as a final day sprint.

Best I sleep well tonight.. It’s not over yet 😉

 

Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Running

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MdS 2011 – Day 8, Stage 4 – Update

She’s done it.
She’s finished the long day.
82 km of some of the most rugged terrain on the planet.
She finished at 11:30am Moroccan time.

I will update you with more details later.

 

Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Running

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MdS 2011 – Day 8, Stage 4 – The Dawn Refuses To Break

MdS 2011 – Day 8, Stage 4 – The Dawn Refuses To Break

I only wish it would.

The sun is not quite up in Morocco, both physically and metaphorically as there appear to be some inconsistencies in the times displayed on the website; at least I hope this is the case.

The dark of the desert

Last night, Liz and Ant were traveling together and intended to stay together for the duration of the stage, which they had 32km to complete after reaching CP4.

Now, at 5:00am in the morning (Morocco time) Liz is still showing as having progressed no further than CP4 and Ant is showing at CP5 on the position timing page (POSY). This in itself is inconsistent, to my mind at least, as I strongly doubt that they would have split up overnight unless Liz had elected to change the strategy we had discussed and agreed all along, specifically to go all out and get the long day finished as soon as possible.

On the Live Race Tracker, Ant is shown as being about 2/3 of the way between CP5 and CP6 and if this is accurate, I would hope they would get to the final checkpoint before the finish in the next hour or so.

Best case scenario; they are still together and on their way to CP5, and I would expect, with the light of the coming dawn, they could do the final 10km in 2-3 hours.

Worst case scenario; Liz could not go any further after CP4 last night, elected to rest there and will have 33 km to complete on her own before 3pm today (4pm BST)

I pray it is the former.

 

Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Running

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MdS 2011 – Day 7, Stage 4 – Follow the Light

MdS 2011 – Day 7, Stage 4 – Follow the Light

Hot, humid and hilly

Liz and Ant, traveling together have just gone through CP4. The are still maintaining a steady pace through the checkpoints and so now have ‘only’ 32km (20 miles) left to go.

CP1 (12.2km) – 2:48:47
CP2 (25km) – 5:56:15
CP3 (38km) – 8:55:05
CP4 (49km) – 12:48:11

When I heard from her earlier, she seemed very upbeat and positive, but the rollercoaster that is ultrarunning is unpredictable and the highs and lows not only come thick and fast, but are also accentuated by exhaustion, starvation, dehydration and now, sleep deprivation.  I am cautiously optimistic for them though as consistency is paramount at this stage and if they maintain this pace they should be able to do 30km in about 7 hours, which would bring them in at about 20:00 hours, or about 5:00am tomorrow morning….as the sun is rising. I will be setting my alarm :-)

Their reward? A day of rest, which will be well deserved.

 

Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Running

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MdS 2011 – Day 7, Stage 4 – Two Down

MdS 2011 – Day 7, Stage 4 – Two Down

Just heard from Liz –

In the middle of the desert. God turned the oven on today. Fortunately every 500m He needs to turn it down for Himself so we have a fabulous cool breeze as well :-) Yesterday was a killer; So so tough. Kilometers of sand then rocky mountain 5pm b4 WMD (not sure what she means by this – RTP).

I was emotionally broken when I crossed that line, but I’m back today as I could feel myself recovering throughout the night.

We’re now half way through the 82km, and looking forward to night walking – Sunset and all.

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Liz is going well at present, on the basis of her times to the Checkpoints, which are as follows: –

CP1 (12.2km) – 2:48:47
CP2 (25km) – 5:56:15

Checkpoint Laser - head for the light

She seems to be setting a steady pace at the moment as far as I can deduce from the limited information to hand, but if this is the case then it is a perfect strategy for managing the immense mental challenge which this stage engenders – the ‘baby steps’ strategy is obviously working.

As encouraging as this is, it pales into insignificance when you realise she is not alone. In addition to the mass of global support which has built up around her (for which I personally thank you all!), she is also running with Anthony O’Driscoll (892) her team mate and friend – the support and companionship they will provide each other through the long and dark hours of the rest of this stage is immeasurable.

The image shows what awaits them in the night, although the organisers have a cruel sense of humour, as they will start to follow the straight line etched across the Moroccan skies several hours before they finally reach it’s source.

 

Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Running

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