So, we ran 250km on lands and sand equally made famous by Lawrance of Arabia (aka T.E. Lawrence or to some Peter O’Toole) and Indiana Jones (simply Harrison Ford).
We started from the famous Wadi Rum where T.E. Lawrence rallied the Arabs against the Ottomans in the first version of Arab Spring (or was it the revolt) in 1916. Ended at the Treasury of Petra, the forgotten city, made famous by Harrisson Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (remember the Holy Grail).
It was an epic week. It had all weather conditions; hot, hot and hot but sometimes with cloud cover and other times with surprise sandstorms. It had all landscapes, flat sand, hilly sand and gravel with sand. We had all cuisines, freeze dried korma, freeze dried spaghetti, freeze dried beef and potatoes and freeze dried sweet and sour but they all tasted like freeze dried chicken. Most of all, we had runners from all around the world. We all ran 250km, we all shared the hardship, we all loved and hated it in equal amounts but we were all ecstatic in the end, some in success, others in relief.
Most of us had a greater objective, we collectively raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities; Gaia Project, shift.ms, Chi Heng Foundation, Operation Smile, Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation and American Heart Association, Medecins Sans Frontieres and many many more… I did well, raised some money, ran my fastest time and finished my best position ever and for now retired from multi-day desert running at least for a while. I will run UTMB! And, I will run it to finish and finish it for shift.ms.
You will hear from me again on this. I say I raised some money but not the highest ever. I like to be able to say that by the time I complete UTMB.
Thank you for all you support, before and during the race. You all make it easier to last out there for a whole week without shower.