The lure of the desert

Many moons ago, I was a young lad who spent weekends on the farm.  Now my mind drifts back there, to a cold winter’s night, when I sat glued to the television, mesmerized by a documentary about strange-looking humans running across a desert. I took in their dusty, sunburnt, wild looks and their packs which […]

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The Fish River Canyon

Landing The Fish

Like a lightning bolt, two weeks flashed by since my most recent ultra.  And in this moment, I’m slamming down hard on the brakes of time.  To pause a while and share with you as promised, my fourth post, about The Fish River Canyon 100km Ultra’s wake and lessons learnt. Reflecting on the wake, my […]

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The Fish River Canyon

Tackling the Fish

For 5 million years, water and sand’s been carving its way down the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world, almost 550 metres deep in places.  Catch a glimpse of it in the photo below.  On the 22nd June 2013 it was our turn to tackle this popular five-day hike in a […]

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More on Why I Love Ultras

Whoa, time flies when I’m having fun. It’s been two weeks since my first blog post, when I quipped that it was time to go running to get closer to the answer of why I love ultras. Today, in my second blog post, I want to elaborate on the pull of ultras.  And end off with the challenge […]

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Why I Love Ultras

There is a first and most likely question that ultra-athletes get asked, when sharing their ultra-experiences with friends and family.  Yep, you guessed it: “Why would you even want to do an ultra?” So, in this, my first blog post, I’d like to talk about this basic question.  I am likely to get nods from […]

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