Possibly the hardest race in the world? The Namibia Ultra Marathon wows BBC viewers

Adventure racing in Namibia on the BBC

Blue Peter today BBC 1 16.35 featuring the Namibia Ultra Marathon – the Critics choice in the Sunday Times! – if you missed it or fancy seeing it again you can watch it here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00kc4wv/Blue_Peter_06_05_2009/

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Blue Peter and the Namibia Ultra Marathon

Fear not if you missed the programme you can watch it on BBC iplayer here.

Today, Wed 6 May, at 16.35 BBC 1 Blue Peter

Yes today is the day that Blue Peter are featuring the Namibia 24 hour Ultra Marathon.   Blue Peter presenter, Helen Skelton ran the race and finished a very impressive 8th out of a field of 20 runners with only 12 finishing.  16.35 – BBC 1 don’t miss it.

So set your Sky Plus or watch on BBCi Player

Fantastic press coverage for Namibia 24hr ultra marathon

Look out for some fantastic press coverage out soon about the Namibia 24hr ultra marathon. 

BBC Blue Peter is showing their programme about the race on 6 May at 4.35pm.  Helen Skelton, BBC Blue Peter presenter came 8th in the 2009 race.

Men’s Fitness Magazine are running a 6-page spread about the race which is out 27 May.  Darren Roberts part of Team Men’s Fitness won the 2009 race.

Testimonials from Namibia Ultra

The team are all now safely back home and have fully recovered.  There are still some nice juicy blisters and foot scaring but all in all a wonderful experience was had by all.

The competitors have managed to write down a few thoughts about the event and what it meant to them:

Really excellent experience! Organised well and staff really helpful. The actual race was ran with good medical staff and clearly marked routes. Adrian Crossley, Namibia Ultra Competitor 2009

Loved every second. Superbly organised. A well oiled machine. Fantastic people, fantastic memories. Roll on next year (maybe). Stuart Moore, Namibia Ultra Competitor 2009

Amazing experience. Great organisation. Well done to all your team and thanks for all the support and commitment.  John Peck, Namibia Ultra Competitor 2009

Different experience this year more of an event due to more people – which was great. I’ll be back!  Joakim Jonsson, Namibia Ultra Competitor 2009

Brilliantly organised race. The medics deserve extra special praise for their efforts. I’ve rarely come across such devoted people. Thank you.  Kellie Power, Namibia Ultra Competitor 2009

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News just in….Namibia 24-hr Ultra Marathon completed…

We’ve just heard from the Namibia Ultra Marathon race director Steve Clark, that everyone is now back in Swakopmund.  Steve said the race was very tough with temperatures getting up to 42 ºc.   Winner Darren Roberts was very surprised and shocked to hear he won the race but once it sunk in he was delighted.   Tom Adams very nearly caught Darren up at the finish line which made it a nail-biting finish.  Book your place on the 2010 Namibia Ultra Marathon.

Namibia 24-hr Ultra Marathon Results are as follows:

1st Place – Darren Roberts 20hr 28

2nd Place – Tom Adams 20hr 29

3rd Place – Tom Maguire 21 hr 05

4th Place – Emma Rogan 21 hr 27 – First female to complete the Namibia 24-hr Ultra Marathon

5th Place – Jerry Haywood 22 hr 30

6th Place – Nick Tidbull 23 hr 17

7th Place – Nicholas Wright 23 hr 45

8th Place – Helen Skelton 23 hr 50 – BBC Blue Peter Presenter

9th Place – Adrian Crossley, Stuart Moore, Kellie Power & Michael Skakesheff 25 hr 07.

These guys all crossed the line together holding hands, they were all just outside the 24 hour deadline but all were allowed to finish.

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First news from the Namibia 24-hour ultra marathon

We’ve just heard that all runners have just passed the 10km check-point.  Currently Tom Adams and Tom McGuire (last years winner) are in the lead running the first 10km in 55 minutes.  The rest of the pack are doing well considering the temperature is +38 at present.

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