Stage three of the Jungle Ultra starts at a river crossing accessed only by zip wire. As a result, the race was started in three waves, with the fastest group of runners starting from the back. The thrill of the zip wire and plunging straight into flowing cold water of the river, was our runners gateway into the jungle for the day.
Whilst on paper this looks like a shorter stage, the reality is the depths of the jungle endured for the majority of the stage saps the energy from the runners. Throw in the sun, heat and humidity and it makes for an uncomfortable day.
It was James Izzard that triumphed in the conditions. He created a lead of 1 hour 28 minutes over Karl Alvarez who finished in 2nd place. When asked how it went, he simply exclaimed ‘It was hot!’ Evaristo Quehue, aka Ruben, was second over the line in a time of 3 hours 47 minutes. John Belton and Spencer Matthews took joint third having opted to spur each on and play to each other’s strengths for throughout the day.
Today was Matthew Knights’s time to shine. Matt has unfinished business in the jungle as he previously retired on stage three due to heat exhaustion and dehydration. He’s been wanting to put the record straight for a number of years now. Determined to complete the race and inspired by his fundraising for his nephew who passed away last year, he successfully conquered the stage looking stronger than ever over the finish line. He is one to watch over the next couple of days.
Gabriella Mathisen was back in full throttle as 1st woman and is enjoying her battle with the jungle. She came in 7th overall teaming up with David Rouse for the latter part of the course.
Matthew Monaghan unfortunately was unable to start the stage today, and Diane Byrne and Chris Jenkins retired at Checkpoint 1. All are fit and well and may continue in the race if the medical team are happy.
The runners have been enjoying village life this evening in the small community of Wacharia. John Belton joined in for some football practice with the children, whilst James Joyce played hoola hoop for several hours! A wonderful way to recover from another stage in the jungle.
Today’s results and overall leader board below.
|Position||Race Number||Name||TIME OF FINISH||FINISH TIME|
|11||16||Ann Marie Larkin||14:55||07:52|
|DNS||8||Chung Yin Chan|
|Position||Race Number||Name||DAY ONE||DAY TWO||Day THREE||OVERALL|
|18||16||Ann Marie Larkin||07:13||09:13||07:52||24:18:00|
|DNS||8||Chung Yin Chan|