Gobi 2010
Gobi March 2010 Competitor
Gobi March (China) 2010 Blog Home Bookmark and Share
2 down, 2 to go.....
04-Jul-2010 08:24:57 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Gobi March (China) 2010
It is with mixed emotions that i'm writing  this blog.

Huge elation that i've finished another desert ultra, having pushed myself mentally and physically over some of the harshest terrain in the Gobi, and met some amazing people.  From the front runners to the back, the commaraderie was incredible around camp and out on the course.

Deep sadness that Nick, a fellow competitor, died on Saturday. He collapsed during the last stage of day 4, in the slot canyons.  The docs tried everything they could and he was taken to hospital in Urumqi, but unfortunately he paid the ultimate sacrifice.  We all enter these events knowing that there is an element of danger but never expect it to end like this.  My thoughts and prayers are with Nick's family and friends.

A huge thank you to my tent mates, all the doctors, volunteers and to everyone i hobbled a stage with - i wouldn't have finished without you. Don't forget, what's said in the desert, stays in the desert!

Thank you to everyone at home for all the emails and comments - a huge morale boost during the week, and also for your very generous donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.  The total raised is just under #22,000, which is fantastic.

I'm now going to have a couple of weeks off and have my knees scanned before the trainers go back on.

My fellow Grand Slammers, see you in Cairo in just over 12 weeks time!!

(i'll put photos up on my website when i'm back home www.4desertchallenge.com)
Comments (1)

The Long March - 98km
02-Jul-2010 09:59:32 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Gobi March (China) 2010
Wow that was epic and as i'm writing this (5pm on Friday) there are still 10 people out on the course......33 hours later! As we were all trying to eat as much breakfast yesterday morning as possible, at about 4.45am, we were told the race start had been delayed by a couple of hours to 8am.  Morale was rather low anyway, as there had been quite a few people taken very ill out on the course on Wednesday afternoon, so the delay didn't help.
The first couple of stages went well  - muggy, warm but luckily with clouds in the sky.  By the time we hit the 55km marker, the full heat of the Gobi was out. We had the option of stopping and sleeping at the 7th checkpoint, but i just spent 15 mins there, had a bite to eat and kicked on. The last 7km of the course were rolling sanddunes, which were brutal, especially with both knees strapped. Thanks to a combination of painkillers and the ipod (ACDC, Supertramp & The Killers were needed) i  crossed the finishing line in 72nd place, out of 164. My knees are killing me but otherwise i'm feeling good.
Tomorrow we have the final 22km stage to the finishing line, before a much needed bath and a VERY large V&[email protected]
Thank you very much for all your emails, hugely appreciated.
Comments (2)

Stage 4
01-Jul-2010 02:44:27 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Gobi March (China) 2010
Today was hell!
We were woken up at 2.45 this morning so that we had time to eat breakfast (usually at that time of the morning I'm in VQ!) before leaving for a 90 mins bus ride to the start of todays stage, which started at 6am ......beside a vineyard.....talk about temptation!! The first section was pretty average, along a track and river bed.  The next couple of sections were brutal. Endless sand dunes followed by a never ending canyon.  Just to make things worse, it was up to about 45c today.  Luckily I was with James and Hugh for most of it, all of us nursing injuries, and we kept each other going.  If I hadn't been with them, I think that I would still be up on top of one of the sand dunes having a 'moment' now!l
Camp tonight is in an old Budhist temple at the foot of the Flaming Mountains, which is stunning.
Luckily I'm typing this with my sense of humour still intact (only just though) as we have the BIG one tomorrow......98km in one go.  Slightly dreading it as we are heading down into the Turpan Basin which is known locally as the oven, AGH!
Thank you very much for all your messages and Wimbledon updates.....who's in the Semi's?  I'm afraid that I won't be updating this again until Friday morning as tomorrow evening I imagine I will still be crawling in the desert.
Ma, Moo & V - the sunsets are belly rubbingly good!  Roll on the Sanctuary xx
Clare - my tan lines for your wedding are going to be something else!
Comments (6)

Moreton in Marsh, Glos
self employed
Equipment List
Other Races

  July ( 3 )

  June ( 6 )

  March ( 1 )