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Stage 3
02-Sep-2014 03:31:00 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Camp 4 / day 3- 42K / 26 miles What can I say about today? A day when I could run out of superlatives and expletives! Sandy dirt tracks are hard going here. Soft sand saps your strength, gets into shoes and destroys feet. Fortunately that was just the first 10 k today and emerging from the dirt track and reaching CP1 was a feast for the eyes. Beautiful beach, grass huts and a happy chappy carving out his dug out canoe from a tree trunk! Then cutting inland we crossed scrubland with lots of low bushes interspersed with palms and hills with fantastic rock formations in the distance. The afternoon got better and better as we crossed one of the national parks – red canyon and tsingy, which are an incredible rock formation. My words could never do it justice so good job I got pictures. After that the route got harder and pretty technical during the hottest part of the day. A couple of near dramas on the way when running with Lawrence and Joeren, two buddies from our tent. Someone shouted ‘snake’ so the 3 of us froze and as I was just about to step forward Lawrence told me not to take another step – I hadn’t seen the second beast a couple of feet in front with its head rearing! All in days running!! The last bit was a joy, with a clear river to wade through – nice to clean up and cool off. Lois made it back to camp first – I’ve renamed her Amazon Lady because everyone is remarking how fast she is on her feet - and its completely deserved: Lois is in amazing shape. Andy and I followed a few mins after, and then Ewan with the sad news that Jane had retired with the heat being too much. So it was a sad farewell as Jane left to go back to hotel in Diego Suarez - and then we all went through her kit scavenging anything useful ;o) seriously though, Jane had run around 65 miles through rough country and appalling heat and most important will live to fight another day. She has but one duty left to perform and that’s to have a glass of chilled wine for each of us when she reaches Diego. I seem to have rambled on but its been a heck of a day. Thanks to Graeme, Jane, Al and Claire for your messages. Lois, Andy, Ewan and Jane shouted hi to you Claire xx take care and love to all – Peter x

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Stuart Prentice

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 08:19:43 PM

Pete, this all sounds like an even bigger adventure than you imagined. It also all sounds pretty brutal from what I can read about so stick in there for these final few days. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

Stuart Prentice

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 08:19:38 PM

Pete, this all sounds like an even bigger adventure than you imagined. It also all sounds pretty brutal from what I can read about so stick in there for these final few days. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

Brian McMeekin

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 04:14:23 PM

Peter, great start, sounds like amazing country! Can't wait to hear about it at the end of the month. Hang in there, be safe!

Shona Crawford

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 10:36:20 AM

Saw Jane's FB post this morning. Very sad for her, she must be disappointed, although I bet she's enjoying drinking wine on behalf of you all. Sounds like th terrain is very tough. Good luck from the Crawfords, and hope the rest of you all make it though today safely. X

Claire Gill

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 06:15:47 AM

FirstLY SO sad for JANE, Just read another couple of blogs from people who have withdrawn and it sounds Absolutely brutal. When you all return to hotel, you'll find her in a drunken stupor if she's having a glass for all of you, or do you mean waiting with a glass for you. MRS JANE HUNTER, You are one amazing courageous lady who I am proud to call my friend. I admire you more than you'll ever know XX

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