“Sometimes all you need to do is put your head down and accept your stupid decision making” – A quote heard today as an exhausted runner reached checkpoint 2.
Day 4 is notorious for praying on runners who are struggling. Starting this stage feeling sick or nauseous is really hard to recover from and that is the unfortunate tale for experienced Craig Williams, who had to bow out at Check point 1.
Today was a half marathon, uphill, on soft sand and at the hottest time of the day. It is our fun idea of a “rest day”.
Starting at 11:30 runners climbed and climbed until they reached the exposed plateau where our camp is situated for the night. Jack Tunney who seems to be getting stronger by the day took the win, followed by Bernard Defour and then the danish power house Kristina Madsen, who felt much better today.
Tomorrow is the last stage, the long one, 92-94km through some of the most protected and beautiful area of Namibia. Only a few have ever run that far in one day never mind at the end of a 4 day self sufficient ultra marathon. This stage is not only the longest stage on any BTU race but also the most brutal. It is where medals are earned.
Below you can see the results from today’s stage. We will share the overall results so far tomorrow as soon as the stage starts. 4:30am local.
|Position||Race Number||Name||M/F||Finish Time||Time taken|
|8||22||Marie Louise Alemany||F||3:37|
|DNF||14||Jonathan Miller||M||Finished Stage|
|DNF||Dietmar Rosenau||M||Finished Stage|
|DNF||27||Mitchel Newth||m||Finished Stage|
|DNF||2||Alison Gay||f||Finished Stage|