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RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Stage 5
18-May-2012 03:13:04 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

This is just a quick post to say that I completed the Long Stage this morning at 5am as the sun came up. What had begun the day before at 7am was finally done. I had been determined this time around to make it through. It was tough but I feel fine.  I took it very conservatively and in the hottest part of the day took the opportunity to cool off at Checkpoints 4, 5 and 6. From then on I did the last 30k with two of my tentmates, and a couple of others, which made a huge difference. To say it was a demanding day is an understatement. Everyone is saying it was the most difficult Long Stage they had ever attempted. Once  again the scenery was extraordinary..

Today has been spent relaxing at camp as the remaining competitors finished. Some people were out on the course in the blazing heat until 2pm. That would have been hard work.

Tomorrow is a 5k jog into Petra at 6am, then  the medal,real food and a shower.

I'm still trying to comprehend what has been a huge experience on so many levels.

I haven't been able as yet to read the recent comments for some reason, I am looking forward to that as soon as I can get on a computer.

Love to all.



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Posted: 22-May-2012 07:46:06 AM

Hi Margaret, Congratulations on completing the Jordan race. Here at Dawul Remote Community School at Doon Doon Station, all the kids in our class were cheering you on. We\'re so proud of you. You are awesome. From the Years 4-7 class. P.S. We thought you might like to know that your friend Chelsea won a scholarship to attend the Peninsula School on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. She will start Year 8 there next year.


Posted: 22-May-2012 04:48:59 AM

Margaret, a HUGE congratulations, amazing stuff. You must be so proud. x


Posted: 22-May-2012 01:01:16 AM

Fantastic effort Margaret...you must be so happy enjoy every moment of your fabulous victory... safe travels home and thanks for TNF 100 entry was awesome .... might just do again next year All the best Sandy


Posted: 20-May-2012 05:05:54 AM

Huge congrats Margaret. All that training has finally paid off. What an amazing challenge you set yourself and conquered. You should be so proud of yourself. Enjoy your recovery and check out Iceland when you get a chance....!


Posted: 20-May-2012 01:27:50 AM

Just to say I did a sub 2 today at SMH half so very happy. Helen pulled out of NTF at CP3 due to stomach issues but seemed ok about it. so lots of Striders on the course today which was nice.


Posted: 19-May-2012 11:14:13 AM

Margaret you are truly amazing. What a fantastic achievement. We are in awe....!!! Congratulations! See you back in Sydney!


Posted: 19-May-2012 09:39:23 AM

Just to let you know Jess did TNF in 12.38 - looked really strong all the way. Helen doing well and is a bit over half way. A day of great results


Posted: 19-May-2012 06:44:36 AM

Commit to finish really worked! and you obviously 'tried hard' and did some 'advanced training" - you can show me how it is done! Fantastic obviously not a piece of piss but done!

Bronwyn Simons

Posted: 19-May-2012 06:30:42 AM

Doesn't look like my last comment registered.So glad you made it and look forward to catching up by phone hopefully when you are in London with Dad,Bronwyn and co.


Posted: 19-May-2012 02:39:36 AM

Congratulations Margaret!!! What an amazing adventure!


Posted: 19-May-2012 12:16:54 AM

Go mum! Congratulations on finishing the long and by the sounds of it very gruelling stage. We're so proud and happy for you. It sounds like you've had an amazing time. Enjoy the last few kilometres and have fun in Petra love sheen

Margaret F.

Posted: 19-May-2012 12:15:08 AM

Margaret Dear, what a superb achievement!! We are all so proud of you. It was a pleasure to read your blog. I wept tears as I emphasised with your description of the torrid "Long March". You certainly are a Trojan with your qualities of pluck, endurance and determined energy but also another quality, the ability to apply "common sense" to the handling of the toughest aspects of the course. I leave for London tonight and look forward with happiness to seeing you in person and hearing your experiences of Jordan 2012. The three of us will be able to celebrate your success with great enthusiasm at Rules! Love, Margaret and Tammy.

Nick Krempff

Posted: 19-May-2012 12:11:37 AM

Great Work Mum! So glad to see that you have finished the long haul, whole thing is nearly done (: Very proud of you Mum, and I hope you enjoy the last day and celebration after.


Posted: 18-May-2012 11:55:21 PM

oops! "Strangers In The Night" Lxx


Posted: 18-May-2012 11:53:28 PM

We are so pleased to read your account of the Long Stage. I can't believe you were on your feet for 22 hours!! Must be the Welsh Heart! Rest up and enjoy the last day and the experience of Petra. Am so looking forward to seeing you in person in the next few days in London and hearing all about it. Don't wear your medal through security at Heathrow! lots of love, Dad (and Lyndall) xx P.S. Our friends here at Yass all send their good wishes and are amazed at your tenacity. Btw, Dad was the Karaoke Star at the women's club event last night - truly! Best voice of all, esp his rendition of "Strangers In The Eyes" and we did a duet of "Green, Green Grass of Home".

Dan and Jm

Posted: 18-May-2012 11:33:16 PM

Hi mum Dan here we're all really happy that you finished the Long Stage and that you enjoyed your time in it. I hope that Petra will be cool and that the food there will be nice. See you in a week or so have fun at England. Love Dan. Hi Margaret the astonishing, you can soon dust off that sand now but what an experience!Thanks for letting us know it is all good, you must be so happy and smiling.Love JM

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