Racing self-supported in one of the most inhospitable climates and formidable landscapes: a 250km desert stage race up the Skeleton Coast.
As part of the 4 Deserts race series, I took part in the 250km Namib Race, a stage race up the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. It was a truly fantastic experience. I have never smiled so much whilst running. I got to run hard each morning in a magnificent place, then relax all afternoon with like minded people around a camp fire in the middle of the desert.
We had to carry all our food and supplies for the week. We were provided with a tent over our heads, and water at checkpoints & the camp. It was an exercise in being smart about what you packed, and racing sensibly.
The temperature was in the 40s, scorching hot dry air, with stages usually of 40km, with one Long March day at 80km.
I was very fortunate to run with some strong competition and excellent runners, and ended up coming in 3rd in 25hrs overall.