Greetings from Camp 6 ("Petanque") at the end of stage 5 ("Tethis Ocean March") of the 2011 Sahara Race.
What started at 07h00 on Thursday morning ended this morning at 07h00 - 24 hours later - when I crossed the finishing line after running 86.4km.
With only a 2km "celebratory run" left for Saturday morning, I have officially completed the Sahara Race. What an amazing experience. Words can't describe the toughness of the race, the extreme conditions but also the beauty of this unique landscape.
This is not the time to write about yesterday's experience, but in summary we did 9 legs ranging from 8-11 km in length. Once again, the wind caused havoc with all runners, mostly blowing straight in our faces. The heat was more manageable, but the terrain was tough, with many soft sandy patches and big sand dunes. Spending 24 hours on my legs was no fun, and became very tough towards the end. My feet are badly blistered after yesterday and my legs are very tired.
But it is over and I can't wait to cross the "finishing line" at the Great Pyramid of Giza tomorrow morning.
I did most of the long run wearing the yellow armband of SCORE, and after midnight changed to the blue armband of TechSoup Global.
Remember to support the "No Pain No Gain" fundraising campaign - www.ngopulse.org/npng.
I would like to wish all the participants in this year's Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, starting tomorrow, the very best. Go Dirk.
Until next time in Cairo.