Our Namibian Guide, Kobus Alberts give his view of the recent Namibia Ultra Marathon

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Namibia Ultra Marathon Race

Following is an account as seen from the eyes of a guide/marshal, during this epic event in Namibia organised by Across the Divide Expeditions to find out more about the race visit adventure-racing.org here.

About the author.  Kobus Alberts is a former park ranger and guide, a director of Wild at Heart Safaris an instructor of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine’s Desert Medicine training course and an acknowledged expert on desert travel. 

Saw the men for the first time at the Airport when they were collected.  Ordinary men of different walks of life.

The campsite was just South of the Brandberg Mountain, and the perfect setting for the starting point. The “rest” day, 1 day before the race, me and the participants went for a walk-about in the area. Climbed an inselbergs to get a bird’s eye view of the area. “Uncle Spikes” a.k.a. the sun were out and burning down for everyone to feel. Near the end of the walk some guys were out of water already, just showing how easy it is to misjudge the intense heat and all of this only in the morning part of the day.

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Results for the Namibia Ultra Marathon Just in….

The Namibia 24 hour Ultra Race has just finished and we are delighted to announce the winners:

Tom Maguire, Winner of the Namibia Ultra Marathon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture: Tom Maguire winner of the Namibia Ultra Race, coming into checkpoint 3, just over halfway at 62km

 

1.    Tom Maguire, 17 hours, 15 minutes

2.    Andrew McMenemy, 21 hours, 40 minutes

3.    Joakim (Rolf) Jonsson, 22 hours, 24 minutes – who has never run a marathon before!

4.    Kenneth Dunne, 23 hours, 22 minutes

4.    Alan Logue, 23 hours, 22 minutes

6.    William May, 23 hours, 26 minutes

7.    Pete Holdgate, 23 hours, 39 minutes

7.    Bill Martin, 32 hours, 39 minutes

9.    Chris McCarthy, DNF

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Inaugural Namib Ultra Marathon finishes

120 kilometres from Namibia’s highest peak Brandberg to its desolate Skeleton Coast crossing some of Namibia most dramatic and unforgiving landscapes.

 

The first Namibia Desert Marathon finished with a winning time of 17 hours and 15 minutes set by Tom Maguire- an incredible time and a course record to beat.  

‘It’s one of the world’s most incredible places and these guys have achieved something incredible merely completing the race let along in the times that they managed’

Route Manager and veteran adventure racer Steve Clark of Adventure-racing.org

The Plymouth Herald’d Editor and Picture Editor joined us on the race and have done a blog here

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