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Stage 4
03-Sep-2014 02:01:24 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Camp 5 – 25 miles Hey all. Writing this with Pink Floyd playing in the background and if I’m honest feeling quite emotional right now. The trails were pretty straightforward today but from noon onwards, someone turned the heating up and there was no shade anywhere. High points were the beautiful cool river crossing after CP 2 - welcome to cool feet and wash off some of the red dust from the trail but alas, so far still to go and no time to hang around. Then later we skirted the hills around the sacred lake – beautiful and inviting but off limits because of the crocagators. No close encounters with wildlife today but I did heroically escort 2 lady runners past a large herd of zebu! Just doing my duty mam!

Fast forward to CP 3: we were travelling the hottest part of the day and I’d emptied my 750 ml bottle of electrolyte and running low of the second bottle of water. Mostly 1 bottle has been enough to drink and use the second half and half for cooling and drinking but today my hat was drying out so quickly every time I wet it and I felt I wasn’t controlling my temperature very well at all. Having stayed with Lois and Andy for well past CP2, I was unable to maintain pace and fell back. I caught up with them at CP 3 and needed to take 5 to get fluid, some nutrition in me ; and most important to let my core temperature drop a bit. Slightly nauseous and dizzy, I got up to press on, knowing that there were 11km to the finish for the day. The next ½ hour was hard but I started singing to myself and gradually pulled out of it and once I got down off the hilly section, I came across Andy and Lois taking a minute in the shade of a tree. That was a real lift and we pulled each other back to camp. That included a 1.5km section through a town with shops selling cold drinks - torture since the rules forbid buying stuff enroute – I sinned multiple times in my mind passing those!

So the three of us crossed the line together, while Ewan had a stonking day, setting off quicker from the start and finishing 15-20 mins ahead – plus he was reunited with his flipflops after thinking he’d dropped one on the trail – small things like that matter a lot out here! Well done Ewan, cracking result for the day and keeping up the reputation of our tent Marofatu. Unfortunately after Jane’s retirement, Jeroen, one of ours had to retire with his feet in bits.

I felt nauseous again back at camp as the sun was still hot mid afternoon. However after food and fluid and a short lie down I’m back in the room. That’s 100 miles done and the long stage to crack tomorrow. Just a few running repairs to do on my feet, try to eat some more before bed and I’ll be good to go. Been overwhelmed again by everyone’s messages and comments – Christine, Scott, Chris, Mike, Grace, Mad and Claire to name a few – you have no idea how much your support means and helps – Thank you :o) xx Will be in touch from camp 6.

13 COMMENTS

Daniel Kipps

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 01:52:48 PM

Well done Peter, sounds amazing look forward to seeing the photos andlisting to the full story while runing up Dumyat in the Rain....Good look on the last stage...

Chris Turner

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 01:07:43 PM

Hi Peter, good to hear you are all OK, there doesn't appear to be too much info about injuries and real discomfort in your blog. Only one day to go and I have every confidence your going to finish what has to be a really great achievement. Good luck to you all on the final push...which by now you may have already finished. Cheers Chris.

Adrian Louden

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 09:35:06 AM

Pete - great blog and what an amazing experience. The event sounds tough but that's right up your street. Hope the back is holding up! Looking forward to reading the next chapter..... Take care.

Nazareth Castillo

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 09:17:58 AM

Extremely impressive! Hats off to you, Sir!!!

Bob Brown

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 06:58:00 PM

Peter- I have enjoyed reading your blog. It sounds like you are doing well and are in good spirits. Good luck on the long leg tomorrow. By the way, I hope you are, at least, according to Pink Floyd, "Comfortably Numb".

Bob Brown

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 06:56:52 PM

Peter- I have enjoyed reading your blog. It sounds like you are doing well and are in good spirits. Good luck on the long leg tomorrow.

Claire Gill

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 04:52:39 PM

Ok Mr G, I have not encouraged Mr Wilson to suggest anything of the sort, I know that you will probably want a break from the heat next year. This does NOT mean than you have my permission to do Celtman, so you and Stuart can stop with the games right now. Do you really think I came down in the last rain shower!!!!!! On your bike lads xxx

Eoin Pearson

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 03:49:05 PM

Peter totally in awe and jealous of your achievement so far. I can only dream of doing that with blokes like you. I feel so inadequate training for Dublin marathon. You and your buddies are inspirational (if not a little mad!! 0:). Best of luck.

Stuart Wilson

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 03:39:07 PM

Keep going Peter, not far to go now. Just keep thinking of next years summer holiday which Claire is choosing, two weeks on a beach in the Caribbean with nothing to do, sounds brilliant.

Lee Mckemmie

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 03:08:41 PM

Well done Pete - You are doing amazing :)

Jane Milne

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 09:41:44 AM

Sounds so so tough Pete - you're doing incredibly well (not just for making it this far but for managing to summon up the energy to write such fantastic blog posts too!). Very best of luck for today's ridiculously difficult trek - and, again, pass on my very best to the rest of the team. What a fantastic effort from Ewan yesterday! xx

Alistair Abbott

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 09:36:10 AM

Pete, It sounds as if it's beginning to get really tough but that's why you did so much quality training. From your reports it looks as if your having the experience of a lifetime so make sure you take some time out to enjoy everything that's going on. Keep focused for the big day and remember, keep going forward. Good luck and look forward to seeing your next update.

Claire Gill

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 06:54:21 AM

Hi hope you make it through the day and night. Be sensible and if things get tough, listen to your body. REALLY looking forward to hearing from you after Stage 5, just so you call say either bring on stage 6 or that you are not well enough to continue. That's not negative, that's realistic. You've got to get your daughter to uni the day after you get back!!!!!! Either way we are all sooo proud of you, but think I'LL be choosing your summer holiday next year xxxxxxxx

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