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Breaking News 9
Sat, 19 November 2011 at 07:40
All 213 competitors are now at the first camp, Mardi Khola, and are enjoying the Nepalese music and festivities around the camp fire. The fog has finally lifted and everyone can now stare in awe at the spectacular mountains that surround us. The cybertent has been busy all evening with competitors eager to blog about what lies ahead. Checkpoint teams were sent out this afternoon and are set ready for tomorrow. There is a mild chill in the air, but it has not stopped any socialisation around the camp and by the fire.
Breaking News 8
Sat, 19 November 2011 at 03:30
The sun has been attempting to show its face after a week of cloud, rain and fog in Pokhara. The 7 day forecast for the race area shows not much chance of rain, which competitors are pleased about. Competitor breifing and gear check has finished, with most backpacks weighing in around 11kg (before adding water). Everyone will very soon be heading off to Camp 1, on a rice field near the Mardi Khola river.
Breaking News 7
Sat, 19 November 2011 at 08:15
Competitor briefing and gear check is under way at the Fulbari Resort, Pokhara. Mary K. Gadams, CEO and Founder of RacingThePlanet, has addressed the 200+ competitors, which includes 25 4 Deserts Club members. Now Race Director, Sam Fanshawe, is speaking, telling competitors of the "Nepali flats" they will encounter (i.e. rolling hills) and the 6 cable bridges on course.
Breaking News 6
Sat, 19 November 2011 at 05:00
A full day of volunteer training was completed Friday and volunteers are ready for action. Third time volunteer, Jaimie Waite, says "I've learned it is going to be tough, but I'm ready". The fog in Pokhara lifted just enough to allow some flights to land Friday afternoon and most competitors have now safely arrived, though some are still en route taking the 7 hour bus journey from Kathmandu. The Fulbari Resort is now a sea of competitors preparing for what lies ahead - the known elevation changes and the unknown weather.
Breaking News 5
Fri, 18 November 2011 at 15:15
The volunteer training is underway with 16 of the volunteer team of 22 having volunteered or competed at an event before - 2 of whom are 4 Deserts Club members. Listening to experienced volunteers explaining why they keep coming back, Vibeke from Denmark commented "I am afraid I might become addicted!" Aine's husband is competing and she said that volunteering may be a stepping stone to her competing in the future. Competitors have been steadily arriving throughout the day although, due to foggy conditions causing flights to be delayed from Kathmandu, many have had to make plans to travel by alternative methods. Meanwhile a press conference in Pokhara has also taken place.
Breaking News 4
Fri, 11 November 2011 at 12:00
RacingThePlanet CEO Mary Gadams and Event Director Sam Fanshawe are doing one of the final reviews of the course. Check out the Official Facebook page for photos and updates.
Breaking News 3
Fri, 11 November 2011 at 10:00
Event Director Sam Fanshawe reports that the temperature in Pokhara, Nepal, at 6:45am was a pleasant 12-15 degrees Celsius. Perfect for a morning run!
Breaking News 2
Tue, 8 November 2011 at 12:00
4 Deserts Champion 2010 Ryan Sandes is interviewed by Go Trail Magazine about his upcoming race in Nepal. View his interview in the 4 Deserts Pressroom.
Breaking News 1
Thu, 22 September 2011 at 09:00
The fourth event in the roving race series, RacingThePlanet: Nepal, starts on 20 November 2011. Sign up for breaking news to receive regular updates throughout each stage.
Stage 1: Breaking News 9
Sun, 20 November 2011 at 20:15
Stage 1 has finished. Mark Lehmkuhler was very happy with his performance today - he said he didn't have to take a break at all and was running the flats and downhills. Belinda Wikstrom described her day as "splendid", having been following behind Ryan Watt for most of it. Ryan was missing his race buddy Johno who didn't come to this race. Three competitors have withdrawn (Tye, Youngblood, Ruzza) and went back to hotels in Pokhara. Stage 2 will start at 7am tomorrow during which competitors will encounter their first Nepalese cable bridge as part of the course.
Stage 1: Breaking News 8
Sun, 20 November 2011 at 16:37
At 4:37pm there are 198 competitors at Camp 2. All competitors met the cut-off time of 4pm at Checkpoint 3. Three people have withdrawn from the race: Phil Tye, Brad Youngblood and Stefano Ruzza. The last two competitors on course are Phek-Yoon Chong and Monica Otero. Meanwhile, Kathryn Harrison and Erin Sprague at Camp 2 are proud of their newly named "Tent Kum Booty" who are all arrived at Camp. Earlier, when Erin and her companions asked someone on the trail "How far to go?" and they replied "Not far, only 1km", they all exclaimed "That's really far!".
Stage 1: Breaking News 7
Sun, 20 November 2011 at 13:00
Jeroen Touw (Netherlands) just crossed the Stage 1 finish line into Camp 2 saying "The weather is spectacular! It feels like I have no backpack at all!" Just behind him were Matt Nelson (USA) and Alex Chapman (UK) and then 'Team Running With Luci' members George, Jesse and Mike. Caileigh Lombard (South Africa) is also across looking very fresh, saying "I was conserving energy as it's just the first day."
Stage 1: Breaking News 6
Sun, 20 November 2011 at 12:10
45 competitors have finished Stage 1 and are now using the time to rest and put up their feet at Camp 2. First female to cross the finish line was Stephanie Case of Canada at 11:18am. The South African men are doing well, with Ryan Sandes taking first place today and Chris Edwards coming second, exactly 1 hour behind Sandes. No teams have arrived at Camp 2 yet.
Stage 1: Breaking News 5
Sun, 20 November 2011 at 10:15
South African, Ryan Sandes, is the first through the Stage 1 finish line at 10.08.14 with no one in sight. Ryan is looking fresh, strong and appreciative of the scenery - "that was absolutely stunning". It is turning out to be a beautiful blue sky day. Founder and CEO Mary Gadams says "This is the first time I've seen Fishtail Mountain. From this campsite, it certainly is an impressive sight".
Stage 1: Breaking News 4
Sun, 20 November 2011 at 09:29
Ryan Sandes passed Checkpoint 3 at 9:29am (Nepal time). He is feeling great and is amazed by the scenery. Checkpoint 3 is by a tiny village from where you can see the icy peaks of Annapurna South and Fishtail Mountain. From here, the trail leads downhill through trails and village roads to Camp 2, which is only 5.5km away.
Stage 1: Breaking News 3
Sun, 20 November 2011 at 08:45
Checkpoint 1 has closed with Etsuko Kida bringing up the rear. The first competitor, Ryan Sandes (South Africa) reached checkpoint 1 in 20 minutes and has already passed checkpoint 2. He took a few sips of water but stopped only for a moment before heading on. Sandes looked strong and said thanks when someone commented on the red fresh flower lei that he wore around his neck.
Stage 1: Breaking News 2
Sun, 20 November 2011 at 07:00
At 7 am, RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011 kicked off with nearly 220 competitors from 40 countries. Competitors awoke to majestic mountains hovering over the campsite. Mark Macy, a veteran of nine Eco Challenges, said 'We are just here to enjoy it....our racing days are over." Mark is competing with Marshall Ulrich and Bob Haugh, both of the United States. Today's stage is 27 kilometers with steep climbs.
Stage 1: Breaking News 1
Wed, 21 September 2011 at 00:00
The fourth event in the roving race series, RacingThePlanet: Nepal will start on 20 November 2011. Breaking news for Stage 1 will be posted on this day.
Stage 2: Breaking News 9
Mon, 21 November 2011 at 20:45
After a second day of racing, Ryan Sandes remains the men's leader, while Samantha Gash will start tomorrow wearing the leader's bib for the women. German team, Mannshaft Alster, are currently the top team. Everyone at Camp 3 is settling down to bed.
Stage 2: Breaking News 8
Mon, 21 November 2011 at 13:45
The latest competitor to come through Checkpoint 3 is Kozo Niidome of Japan in 137th place at 1:42pm, shouting "Go Japan!". When asked about the cable bridge he just crossed, he said, "Very high, very scary." The 76th competitor across the finish line at Camp 2 was Stephen Major together with Craig Dungey. Craig said it was a "sensational day on a beautiful sub-tropical course and the back drop to the camp made me run faster". Nick Ellis replaced his broken trekking pole with a piece of bamboo which is both stronger and easier to hold than its predecessor - he is going to tidy it up, put a sock on it as a handle and use for the rest of the week.
Stage 2: Breaking News 7
Mon, 21 November 2011 at 12:15
82 competitors are now through Checkpoint 3, which is about 25km through today's 32km stage. Sophie and John Power were in 78th and 79th place respectively. When asked how they were enjoying their day, John said "Awesome! I'm loving the views and the bridge was amazing." Sophie commented that she was "Running on empty" (she was sick yesterday), "but it's beautiful." When Yutaka Fujioka passed through CP3 earlier he smiled and said "namaste" with hands together to greet the village children. Luke Carmichael had a slight mishap and required stitches and treatment for a dislocated finger at Checkpoint 2. However, he has already now passed through CP3 looking good!
Stage 2: Breaking News 6
Mon, 21 November 2011 at 11:10
Race leader, Ryan Sandes, has finished Stage 2, arriving at Camp 3 at 10:43am followed by Michael Ormiston at 10:57am. Emanuele Gallo and Stefano Gregoretti crossed the line together just after Michael, and were then followed by Sean Abbott. Michael Ormiston said "The course was amazing but it's getting hot out there".
Stage 2: Breaking News 5
Mon, 21 November 2011 at 10:30
News from Checkpoint 3: the leading woman, Katrina Follows, has just passed through CP3. The first 5 competitors through CP3 were Ryan Sandes at 10:02am, Michael Ormiston at 10:15am, Sean Abbott at 10:18am, and Emanuele Gallo and Stefano Gregoretti at 10:23am. 4 competitors have withdrawn this morning: Keir Oxley, Marshall Ulrich, Roger Moroney and Travis Robinson. All 4 are well.
Stage 2: Breaking News 4
Mon, 21 November 2011 at 09:45
The first woman to pass through Checkpoint 2 was Katrina Follows at 9:30am. Earlier, at Checkpoint 1, Derek Kwik commented "I am just having a low energy day. I will get there." Checkpoint 3 set up already last night, camped in the middle of a small village where staff and volunteers were continually entertained by dozens of adorable local children. Checkpoint captain, Alina Brown, said "Last night we were in bed by 8:30pm but we could still hear the kids outside the tent waiting for us to come out. Someone brought out a portable radio with loud Nepalese music and the kids yelled out 'Dance party!' We will have a dance party today when competitors start coming through!"
Stage 2: Breaking News 3
Mon, 21 November 2011 at 08:15
Stage 2 is now underway with Ryan Sandes of South Africa and Stephanie Case of Canada sporting the yellow leaders bibs. The start line kicked off with Black Eyed Peas blasting from the speakers. The first few hundred metres were a scramble of a slippery slope causing a bit of a bottleneck. On wishing one competitor all the best for the day, the response was "I'm going to need it". It is a hilly and technical course, but there is no doubt it is beautiful especially with the blue cloudless skies.
Stage 2: Breaking News 2
Mon, 21 November 2011 at 07:00
206 competitors started Stage 2 this morning at 7am. Competitors not starting today are Daniel Anderson, Andrew Espin, Robert Graham and Monica Otero (as well as Tye, Youngblood and Ruzza who withdrew yesterday). All competitors must make it to Camp 3 by 5:30pm for this 32km stage called "Bridges, Valleys and Mountain Views".
Stage 2: Breaking News 1
Mon, 21 November 2011 at 05:00
Satellite issues at Camp 2, Naya Pool, have prevented blogs and scores being uploaded to the website through the night. Please bear with us as we find a solution to get this information to you asap.
Stage 3: Breaking News 12
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 19:30
Results for Stage 3 are now posted on the Results page of the website. Ryan Sandes has a lead of more than 1.5hr over Stefano Gregoretti in 2nd place. Sam Gash will retain the women's leader bib tomorrow, but with only less than half an hour's lead on 2nd place female, Stephanie Case. Skelligs Chocolate Team (Ireland) have overtaken Mannshaft Alster Team (Germany) for 1st placed team overall.
Stage 3: Breaking News 11
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 17:50
All 181 competitors that are still in the race are now across the finish line and resting at Camp 4. Last across the line was Mark Lehmkuhler at 5:46pm. He made it through Stage 3 today with a sprained ankle. He sends a message to his wife and kids to say he is looking after himself, so not to worry, but that he loves and misses them. Camp 4, "Camp Ghara", is the highest camp of the race, at an altitude of 1792m.
Stage 3: Breaking News 10
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 15:05
179 competitors have passed through Checkpoint 3 now. So far there have been no withdrawals on today's course. Norwegian Gunnar Faehn is enjoying watching competitors arrive at Camp 4, saying "This is the best race of my life" (which is saying something - he's done 5 RacingThePlanet races and over 100 marathons!). However, he does add that this race will "be my last. I promised my wife."
Stage 3: Breaking News 9
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 14:00
Caileigh Lombard and Jim Serpless, the two youngest competitors, came into Camp 4 together in 44th place. Caleigh sent a message to her 4 Deserts Club member mum, Kimberly Dods - "Hi mum, just arrived at camp. Great run. Thinking of you. The last 4.5kms were the toughest of my life but has been a great day."
Stage 3: Breaking News 8
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 13:00
Daniel Chapman and Davide Lugato were welcomed across the finish line to the mountain-top Camp 4 in joint 23rd position. Daniel said "I knew I was in trouble when the locals told us to enjoy the hill". Volunteer Vibeke said about Camp 4 "This is the most stunning camp I have ever seen". As Christian Zagal walked to a tent at Camp 4 with his water he simply said "That was easy". Stefano Gregoretti had a plan to run today and make up some time so that he can go slowly tomorrow on the steps down.
Stage 3: Breaking News 7
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 12:00
First woman has arrived at camp - Samantha Gash at 12:00pm.
Stage 3: Breaking News 6
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 11:50
At 11:44am, six people had arrived at Camp 4 - Ryan Sandes, Stefano Gregoretti, Ryan Bennett, Michael Ormiston, Emanuele Gallo and Blair Turnbull. Meanwhile, 150 competitors are through Checkpoint 2 at 11:50am.
Stage 3: Breaking News 5
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 11:20
Race leader Ryan Sandes has finished Stage 3 in first place, arriving at Camp 4 at 11:18am.
Stage 3: Breaking News 4
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 10:30
34 competitors are through Checkpoint 2 at 10:20am. Ash Mokhtari was the most recent through, while Stan Lee, Malcolm Girling and Christin Zagal had just left. All looked good. Ryan Sandes keeps the lead running through Checkpoint 3 at 10:16am, followed by Italy's Stefano Gregoretti at 10:21am who was feeling "fresh as sunshine" and looked like he was just on a morning stroll. Five minutes after him came Michael Ormiston, Ryan Bennett and Rob Heaslop who are now starting a 650 metre climb to Camp 4.
Stage 3: Breaking News 3
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 09:15
69 competitors have passed through Checkpoint 1 at 9:15am. As he came out of the little town of Beni, Nick Ellis said "Very cool little downtown, all they are missing is a Star Bucks". Gunnar Faehn was running just behind him and Peter Clarke walked purposefully in front at 9:14am. A water station has been set up about 10km after the start and prior to Checkpoint 1. Volunteer Alex Leckie is stood there with some Sherpas and half of the town of Beni to top-up competitors' water.
Stage 3: Breaking News 2
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 08:45
Ryan Sandes leads Stage 3, passing through Checkpoint 1 at 8:24am. He gave a thumbs up and said "Today seems a lot easier than yesterday." Erin Sprague is celebrating her 28th birthday today and is wished a great day from her family!
Stage 3: Breaking News 1
Tue, 22 November 2011 at 07:30
Stage 3 kicked off at 7am with 190 competitors starting. Chris Sharrock was looking great and smiling as he crossed the startline. Mark Jaget was getting a position up at the front ready for a good run. 9 competitors who withdrew have been taken to Camp 5, which is in local tea houses. They will spend 2 nights there and welcome competitors who will join them after Stage 4.
Stage 4: Breaking News 12
Wed, 23 November 2011 at 17:00
The last competitor, Mark Lehmkuhler, reached Checkpoint 2 at 4:45pm, with another 7km to go to Camp 5. John Murphy from the leading team, Skellings Chocloate Race Team, said "A very challenging course and a very close race for the teams, but anything could happen on the Long March tomorrow". He is apprehensive about the Long March but looking forward to it. Competitors have been treated to a meal of local dal baht at the tea houses. Gareth Andrews said "It's the best thing that has happened in 4 days", with consensus all round that it is "delicious".
Stage 4: Breaking News 11
Wed, 23 November 2011 at 14:35
Boss and Lanz of Team Mannshaft Alster have recently crossed the finish line into camp at 2:21pm. 117 competitors have now reached camp, with about 60 more to reach the village of Birethanti.
Stage 4: Breaking News 10
Wed, 23 November 2011 at 12:05
Katrina Follows of the UK has just won Stage 4, Women's Division, placing 8th overall in a time of 4h10 m. She asked: 'Please tell me I can buy a Coke' as she crossed the finish line. The top three men for Stage 4 were Ryan Sandes of South Africa, Michael Ormiston of Australia and Luke Carmichael of the UK. James Fairweather of the UK just crossed the finish line of Stage 4 in 22nd place. Finishing just before him was Davide Lugato of Italy and Samantha Gash of the UK. We asked James what he thought of the stage and he said 'I was cursing all the way down the stairs. The real highlight was having Marshall Ullrich fill my water bottle at CP2." Marshall had to withdraw earlier in the race due to a stomach bug. Marshall walked out early this morning to support competitors at the second checkpoint.
Stage 4: Breaking News 9
Wed, 23 November 2011 at 11:45
James Johnstone came into Checkpoint 1 smiling but saying "That was miserable" after the long, tough climb from camp. His wife, Katie, was 1.5 hrs ahead - if she beats him by more than 5 hrs, he has to do the dishes! Mark Lehmkuhler said "I have never been so happy to see any village as I am to see Ghorepani". The last person arrived at CP1 at 11:28am.
Stage 4: Breaking News 8
Wed, 23 November 2011 at 11:15
26 people are through Checkpoint 2. Douglas Girling was the 23rd and said "I have seen 35,000 steps not 3,500!". Competitor #194, Gandhi, came to Checkpoint 1 in 163rd position and said "The course is fabulous, tiring, relentless and all that but still enjoyable". He was sick yesterday but is glad to have stayed in for today. #97, Chida, came to CP1 saying she was sick and lost the flags. #105 came in just before her and said "Man, you are sick, you lost the flags and you are still kicking my arse".
Stage 4: Breaking News 7
Wed, 23 November 2011 at 11:47
Ryan Sandes has just won Stage 4 in a time of 3h 47m. He crossed the finish line saying "Those stairs were tough and I twisted my ankle twice but I still feel good." Charles Cartledge is very happy with his 148th place ranking so far, exclaiming "Woohoo! I am gaining on yesterday!". It is a beautiful day with clear skies. Almost all have now reached the highest point of the course, Gorephani. The last competitor is Meiki Ki Kwong of Hong Kong, almost at Checkpoint 1.
Stage 4: Breaking News 6
Wed, 23 November 2011 at 10:20
Sean Abbott was 3rd through Checkpoint 2 at 10:18am. He said "It is tough. I hope my legs hold up". The 5th person through CP2 was Katrina Follows. Bob Haugh and Mark Macy of Team Stray Dogs were posing for photos at Checkpoint 1 with Annapurna in the background, and said they were both doing "excellent". Rod Rutherford, Marilena Wilkinson, Voon Siang Lee and Max D'Auriol were all also enjoying the stunning views and rest at CP1.
Stage 4: Breaking News 5
Wed, 23 November 2011 at 09:55
100 people are through Checkpoint 1 at 9:50am, with the 100th person being Tommy Boss. No one is saying much, as they're all rather tired after the 1200m climb. The back of the pack have about 3km more to go until CP1. The first team through CP1 was Irish team, Skelligs Chocolate. The leaders are expected at camp soon.
Stage 4: Breaking News 4
Wed, 23 November 2011 at 09:05
At 9am there were 15 competitors through Checkpoint 1 in total. The most recent was Stephanie Case as 2nd place woman. Amazingly, the 2nd person into checkpoint 1 was also the first female, Katrina Follows. She was only 9 minutes behind Ryan Sandes.
Stage 4: Breaking News 3
Wed, 30 November 2011 at 08:45
Race leader Ryan Sandes has passed through checkpoint 1 at 8:40am.
Stage 4: Breaking News 2
Wed, 23 November 2011 at 08:30
It was a cold night last night at Camp 4 so competitors were up at 4:30am as soon as the campfire was lit. 179 competitors started this morning, but then Ted Hodgkinson turned back due to a knee injury from yesterday which would cause him to really struggle going down today's 3500 steps. The course takes competitors up to Gorepani, which is at the base of Poon Hill, then down the 1000 year old Gurung Steps and across two cable bridges to Tikkadhunga before the final flatter section to the teahouses of Birethani where competitors will stay. Mark Lehmkuhler is currently the last competitor due to his sprained ankle, but he's in good spirits.
Stage 4: Breaking News 1
Wed, 23 November 2011 at 06:45
Competitors spent the night at Ghara, the highest campsite of the course (1792m) with spectacular stars. They awoke to crisp air and dew on the ground. During the night, 20 Sherpas left camp to start Stage 4, basing themselves every few kilometers to assist competitors along the steep uphill climb if needed. Competitors began Stage 4 at 6:30am. Today's stage will reach the highest altitude of the course (3200m) followed be a very steep descent of more than 3500 stairs. A helicopter is on hand to provide assistance if required and special repeaters for radio communications have already been taken by Sherpas to the top of Poon Hill.
Stage 5: Breaking News 22
Fri, 25 November 2011 at 12:15
All 170 competitors have finished the 72km Stage 5 of RacingThePlanet: Nepal. The last 2 competitors across the finish were husband and wife Katie and James Johnston at 11.49am. Most competitors are up and about socialising in camp. Nicola Eckstein summed up her week - "It has been hard, but absolutely amazing. If I said I've loved every minute that might be a lie, but almost every minute! At times I've had to dig deep, but I got here. Its been a fantastic week".
Stage 5: Breaking News 21
Fri, 25 November 2011 at 11:00
167 competitors are now at Begnas Lake Camp. Norman Lyle and Max D'Auriol are the most recent two to arrive and are in great spirits. Max is proudly sporting a hat which says "60 years old and still on the road" while photographer Zandy Mangold snaps some shots. After a cloudy and misty morning the sun is now shining over the camp and lake.
Stage 5: Breaking News 20
Fri, 25 November 2011 at 07:15
160 competitors are now at Camp 6 after the 'long march'. The most recent to arrive was Aurore Ankarcrona at 6:54am. She was greeted at the finish line by her mom, Sandra. Only 10 are now remaining on the course. Competitors arrived steadily throughout the night, following winding dirt roads. The weather was cool with mist which made the trail very slick. Volunteer Aine Foley-Smith commented that "Sweeping at night is pretty cool." Stephanie Case, who was the first female for Stage 5, wanted to say that she was thinking of her mom all day yesterday and that they were likely both throwing up at the same time. She misses her. Meanwhile, Katie and James Johnstone were craving pizza last night as they walked at the back of the pack. They have already raised USD15,000 for their charity Child Welfare Scheme. "We're doing this for the kids," says James.
Stage 5: Breaking News 19
Fri, 25 November 2011 at 02:28
It is quiet at camp 6. Only the last few arrivals into camp, including John Krummins, are sitting around the campfire making some food before they head to their tents to recover from a long day. An impressive 119 competitors have completed the stage so far. Everyone is through to checkpoint 5, the overnight checkpoint, but they will have to leave by 4am. The final cut-off is at camp, at 2pm today.
Stage 5: Breaking News 18
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 23:07
Sixty-three competitors are through to Camp 6, the finish line of Stage 5. Almost all competitors have reached Checkpoint 5, the overnight point, where some may rest. Rebecca Pattison, Mark Lehmkuhler, Patty Nooney, Jan Peter Firnges and Jenna Mosimann have withdrawn and are resting comfortably at camp or in Pokhara.
Stage 5: Breaking News 17
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 20:10
22 people have now completed Stage 5 and are at the beautiful Begnas Lake Camp. Competitor Luke Carmichael, who fell and dislocated and cut his finger earlier this week, said he also had a couple of falls on the course today which was slippery in parts. American, Sean Abbott, has been checking in to find out how his father Bill is doing, who is still out on course. Photos and a mid-stage update have just been posted on the website.
Stage 5: Breaking News 16
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 19:35
125 competitors have now passed through Checkpoint 5. The most recent through were Lee Moo Woong, Jack Mortassagne and Chuck Wilson. Jack said "It's a tough old day". Sarah Diaz said her "favourite part is at night". Pat Prendiville had food on his mind - "I've been saving these chips for Checkpoint 5 on the long march - been dreaming about this for the last 4 years". John Krumins remarked "I don't need warm clothes I just need to walk faster"!
Stage 5: Breaking News 15
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 18:15
It was a fight to the finish for Italian Stafano Gregoretti and Australian Michael Ormiston who sprinted through the finish line chasing one another just seconds apart. Michael fell to the floor with exhaustion and relief. A few minutes later, American Ryan Bennett stormed through in 4th place claiming he is never going to run again (we will see about that!). In 5th place overall was Canadian Stephanie Case, the first woman to finish the 72km Stage 5. Her relief to cross the finish line was expressed with tears of joy. She has been one of many suffering from a stomach virus but pushing through. Read her inspirational blog online!
Stage 5: Breaking News 14
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 16:50
The first competitor has just crossed the finish line of Stage 5 - the long stage of RacingThePlanet: Nepal. Ryan Sandes said "The first four sections were great, it was slow going and technical. At one point I thought I was going to be running through the night", but the South African is back at the final camp well before the sun sets. Mark Lehmkuhler has withdrawn from the stage earlier today with a sprained ankle.
Stage 5: Breaking News 13
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 15:15
Checkpoint 2 is currently waiting for the last three competitors to come in: Katie and James Johnstone and Mark Lehmkuhler who is pushing on despite his injured ankle. Checkpoint 4 has seen 55 competitors pass through now, with Lawrence Baca the most recent to arrive at 3:05pm. At Checkpoint 5, Douglas Girling arrived in 18th position and said "Beautiful course, would love to stay and chat but got to go". Katrina Follows was very cheerful in 19th position and she stopped for a bowl of noodles.
Stage 5: Breaking News 12
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 14:30
Ryan Sandes is still leading Stage 5, passing through Checkpoint 6 a matter of minutes ago at 2:26pm. Michael Ormiston is about half an hour behind, while Stephanie Case retains the women's lead. There are 8 Checkpoints on today's long stage.
Stage 5: Breaking News 11
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 13:40
Ryan Sandes just came through Checkpoint 5 at 1:37pm. It's a long climb up the hill to CP5 and he said "You're going to get some grumpy people coming up that hill"!
Stage 5: Breaking News 10
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 13:05
7 competitors are now through Checkpoint 4 (35km): Ryan Sandes 12:22:16 Michael Ormiston 12:48:59 Ryan Bennett 12:49:53 Stephanie Case 12:52:11 Stefano Gregoretti 12:53:59 Sean Abbott 12:55:55 Sebastian Guevara 13:00:13
Stage 5: Breaking News 9
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 12:25
Race leader Ryan Sandes is now through Checkpoint 4 at 12:22pm, 5 hours after starting Stage 5 this morning. Checkpoint 4 is approximately 35km through Stage 5, so is about the halfway point of the 72km "Long March".
Stage 5: Breaking News 8
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 12:05
10 competitors are through Checkpoint 3 (26km) at 12 noon. Ryan Bennett and Michael Ormiston were close together, 20 minutes behind Ryan Sandes. Following were Stephanie Case (1st lady), Sean Abbott, Stefano Gregoretti, Sebastian Guevara and Blair Turnbull. Samantha Gash is in 11th place, 2nd female, (20 mins behind Stephanie).
Stage 5: Breaking News 7
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 10:45
Fourteen competitors have come through Checkpoint 2 in a tiny village called Tulatek at 10:30am. The most recent competitor in was Yataka Fujioka who has really picked up the pace. Yutaka took it easy yesterday and is now enjoying running. He thinks that the beginning of the course, that was described as difficult, is rather moderate. Many others are finding it tough but praise the view of the mountain tops. Stephanie Case is now in the women's lead coming in at 10:20am and Sam Gash second at 10:25am.
Stage 5: Breaking News 6
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 10:05
Ryan Sandes has passed through checkpoint 2 in first place at 10:02am. There are now 179 through checkpoint 1 with Norman Lyle of Ireland the latest to pass through. Weather is sunny and warm. Mark Macy said 'Best race ever. Loved the Dal Bat meal last night. Feeling so much better today'.
Stage 5: Breaking News 5
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 09:45
95 competitors are through Checkpoint 1 at 9:40am. Peter Clarke just came through and said "It has been the most spectacular views of any RacingThePlanet event and the nicest people ever."
Stage 5: Breaking News 4
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 09:00
Samantha Gash has just passed through Checkpoint 1 at about 9am, 15 minutes behind the first woman, Stephanie Case. Looks like another competitive day ahead for the leading women!
Stage 5: Breaking News 3
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 08:50
Race leader, Ryan Sandes, came through Checkpoint 1 at 8:45am. He said the course markings were good, though he got lost once but it was his fault. The next two sections are slick. Stage 4 results and blogs are updated on the website, except for about 10 blog posts that will be posted later today.
Stage 5: Breaking News 2
Thu, 24 November 2011 at 08:40
176 competitors strated Stage 5 this morning at 7:15am. Known as the 'Long March', Stage 5 is a total of 72km, and competitors have Thu and part of Fri to complete this stage. Alex Chapman decided not to start this morning but was doing ok. Ryan Sandes is about to reach Checkpoint 1 at 8:40am.
Stage 5: Breaking News 1
Wed, 21 September 2011 at 00:00
The fourth event in the roving race series, RacingThePlanet: Nepal will start on 20 November 2011. Breaking news for Stage 5 will be posted on the 24 and 25 November. Stage 5 takes place over two days.
Stage 6: Breaking News 7
Sat, 26 November 2011 at 13:10
The last competitor, Hugh Kerridge, has crossed the finish line, marking the end of RacingThePlanet: Nepal. The hotel is quiet as competitors hurry off to have their first shower in a week!
Stage 6: Breaking News 6
Sat, 26 November 2011 at 12:00
Only 2 competitors remain on the course, while all who have finished relax on the grass at the Fulbari Resort, soaking up the sunshine. Nick Ashley-Cooper, who has now completed his 4th RacingThePlanet race, says this has been the most amazing race, his best so far. "Nepal is tailor-made for this kind of thing".
Stage 6: Breaking News 5
Sat, 26 November 2011 at 11:10
The most recent across the line at 11am was Douglas Maclagan, who was emotionally and enthusiastically welcomed by the CWS (Child Welfare Scheme) children and team. Next to cross the line was Team Running with Luci, proudly carrying the American flag. They arrived to the open arms of family and friends who have flown in from the US for this special moment.
Stage 6: Breaking News 4
Sat, 26 November 2011 at 10:40
55 competitors have now completed RacingThePlanet: Nepal. The most recent three included Stefan Lanz, Tommy Boss and Randall Coghlan. Michael Ormiston limped into the finish line, but has secured his 3rd place overall. 2nd place Stefano Gregoretti came across the line to lend his support to his worthy competition. It is a constant and steady flow coming across the finish line and competitors are digging into their well deserved sodas, beers and pizzas.
Stage 6: Breaking News 3
Sat, 26 November 2011 at 10:15
After being rowed across Begnas Lake this morning to the startline, the final 13km stage of the race kicked off at 9:10am. Ryan Sandes was the first person to cross the finish line at 10:09am, winning the entire race by over 2 hours in total. Stefano Gregoretti came in just 3 minutes behind Sandes and takes 2nd place overall. The finish line is at the Fulbari Resort with a local band playing music while locals cheer competitors across the line.
Stage 6: Breaking News 2
Sat, 26 November 2011 at 08:45
The 6th and final stage began at 8am with competitors boarding small boats to paddle across Begnas Lake, a 45 minute trip on the tranquil waters. Competitors must then finish the final 13 km of the race, with 130 metres of elevation. It is still a close race between some competitors for placings, so it is sure to be an exciting finish.
Stage 6: Breaking News 1
Wed, 21 September 2011 at 00:00
The fourth event in the roving race series, RacingThePlanet: Nepal will start on 20 November 2011. Breaking news for Stage 6 will be posted on 26 November.