UTMB 2011 (Probably never again): Note

Back in Chamonix about 15 hours too soon. Managed to get to Arnuva but 30 minutes too late. The downhills were made harder with the rain and my knees did not respond well to the constant sliding and rolling. I sprained one at the 2nd downhill from Croix du Bonhomme. From that point on the race was a painful blur with only Rana Zincir and Dinah AC constantly trying to cheer me up at checkpoints, without their energy I would have been out at Chapieux. Thanks for all your e-mails and messages, they take away some of the pain this Saturday morning.

About Devrim

For the past 20 years, I have been a runner, having been a regular participant of the London marathon during the late 90s & early 2000s and others such as the Istanbul and San Diego. But when I moved to Cyprus in 2003, things took a turn for the worse. Suddenly 42 kilometres was no longer enough. I needed an activity to counter-balance work. That was when I discovered the concept of ultra-running. An ultra run is anything more than 50 kilometres. However, the need was such that I started with 250km long self-sufficient desert ultras. I have now completed 4 desert ultras in some of the most gruelling conditions, ranging from +60 to -20 Celsius, from the high planes of Atacama in Chile to the depths of the Gobi in China, from the sandy dunes of the Sahara to the ice fields of Antarctica. In 2011, I completed a desert ultra series, having run 1,000 kilometres across 4 deserts in 9 months carrying all my own equipment, water and food on my back.
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