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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Stage 5
18-May-2012 03:18:34 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

A mini UTMB experience, just a little hotter, dustier and a few more camels and goats….

 

It was a brutal 86km with significant climbing and descending. One hill alone was 890metres. But it all worked to plan… Quick start, follow the leading pack to CP1, pace to CP2 and then the disappointment to find out that despite all that somehow I was in 21st position. Then a miracle, shortly after CP2 I saw a group of runners running back towards me, they were lost and so was I for following the back of that pack. Fortunately I was able to figure out the way back to course and I pushed ahead, I was now in 17th with good fortune, the temperature was rising and we were at the start of an uphill canyon, all the elements I loved. By CP5 I was in 10th position. I knew there was at least one runner who would be able to catch me. The rest of the plan was to go as fast as I can on the hills and turn this into a UTMB practice session. At about CP7 I met with Lucy Marriott and we were both starting to suffer. It is amazing though how a running partner can help you in these extreme situations. We were able to push each other and we finished at about 7.22pm before sunset as joint 11th.

 

Overall time sub 40 check (33 hours) and final position 13th (as I say y favorite position)

 

Thank you for all your support this week. I think this is my retirement message from the world of ulti-stage desert running.

 

Best

D

2 COMMENTS

Nick Ashley-Cooper

Posted: 19-May-2012 06:57:07 PM

Well done Devrim, you rocked it!

ALPER DALKILIC

Posted: 19-May-2012 10:16:46 AM

Devrim bravo, tebrikler. Cok guzel sekilde, iyi bir strateji ile finise ulastin. Asla vazgecmemek nedir uzun etapta da kanitladin. Guzel haberlerini, anilarini, gördüklerini, yasadiklarini bekliyorum.

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