At last – reprieve. Reprieve from the heat, reprieve from the relentlessness of the desert terrain. Today’s relatively short stage takes our competitors across a simple twin checkpoint stage finishing in the beautiful Ugab Riverbed where the elephants live and drink from the fresh water deep below the sands.
Camilla Gry-Elmman showed great courage and superb self-management today in coping through this stage without a hitch. When put in to context, to the struggles she has faced down and conquered over the first 2 stages this becomes even more impressive.
Yet again Mimi Anderson and George Evetts completed the stage, this time from the start with everyone else – proving they are up for the 100km tomorrow. The first runners came in to the finish between 2.5 hours and 3 hours, extremely impressive.
But all competitors came across the line in good form, the last one just 6 hours from the start – all with plenty of time to rest up and prepare for what will surely be their toughest and most comprehensive test yet – the 100km long one called “Brandberg” after the mountain that remains in their sights for most of the distance. At least until night falls and the animals come out to play….