Post Jordan 2012

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).

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Love,

Devrim

Hint; The Holy Grail is in the room behind me! Image

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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