1
Sep

Another Superstar – support vehicle driver, energy bunny, social media, and home school teacher

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In my last post I mentioned 2 of our 3 man support crew and superstars Blake and Julia. Today it’s the turn of the third person, equally important, and again without whom this expedition would not have been possible from day one. (more…)

29
Aug

Expedition Manager and Camp Site Wizards

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I’m sure that when most people think about what we’re doing out here their thoughts will centre around long hard days of running, how the body copes with doing this every day, what the weather is like, the landscape and scenery, how much and what kind of food we’re eating, pitching and striking camp, what the evenings around the camp fire are like, sleeping in tents … (more…)

25
Aug

Amazing supporters along the way

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I’ve given brief mention before to those few stalwarts who gave us sponsorship and special discounts to support our cause and get us on our way. It’s about time that I make mention all the support that we’ve received along the route. (more…)

24
Aug

Proving a Point – Water and Elephants Nowhere

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At first I was quite disappointed that we were seeing so little wildlife, although to a certain degree this could be expected in the proximity of the odd tar road that we were running along, and were having so few opportunities to do a Mini SASS (Stream Assessment Scoring System). We have run slightly more than 1,760km across Africa, (more…)

22
Aug

Keeping it Close … because of the lions

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Here’s a sight that doesn’t happen too often during the expedition, Darren and I running together.  Our usual pattern is for each of us to run at our own comfortable pace.   (more…)

21
Aug

A Trip to The Makgadikgadi Pans

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On our two day trip to the pans enough happened to write at least a chapter of a book. We ran each day for the 2 days we were there across the pans and through the bush and dirt roads and trails, the pans are not continuous everywhere; drove 40 odd km to get there on the 1st day, getting lost along the way and then ran along the wrong road. (more…)

21
Jul

Leaving Namibia, 1 000km mark and the Nyae Nyae

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We’re camping at a place called Tsumkwe – 52km from the Botswana border. Today we ran to 15km short of Tsumkwe, tomorrow we will be at least 20km past, which means that on Thursday we reach the border and we have run across the whole of Namibia. (more…)

11
Jul

Gratitude and milestones

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At the end of 3 weeks of running my thoughts are filled with 3 subjects: firstly and naturally the wear and tear on my body, we’re still in “training” mode and having started our first week of running with a massive jump in intensity the aches and pains and niggles are still very evident. It is said that the body can cope easily with a 10% increase; we went from somewhere between 10 and 20km per week to 120km, just a tad more than 10%. By the end of week 3 we have settled into doing over 200km per week which we manage by some constant and careful management of our niggles and running routine. (more…)

3
Jul

Looking back over the first two weeks

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The direct preparation for the actual start was quite difficult. I’d planned to start the run on the 1st May, this had to be moved to the 1st June. We, my running partner Darren and I, also knew that we had to be under-trained for the start. We would be running for about three and a half months and one couldn’t prepare as for a normal race where you build up, reach maximum intensity, peak, and then taper before the event. We were going to need to use the first about 6 weeks of the expedition as part of our training so that we didn’t peak too soon and our bodies would be too wasted and tired to finish. (more…)

20
Jun

The start

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On Wednesday the 11th June 2008 the idea of this expedition was born. Today is Saturday the 20th June 2015, 7 years and 9 days later and we have started the run! So much has happened, so much planning has gone into this event, and here we are with a super little team and we have started this epic journey. (more…)