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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Namibia Ultra Race about to set off……

It’s only a few days until our team of runners set off on the ultimate endurance test in the Namibian Desert.   The Namibia 24-hour ultra marathon is a race over 126km in 24-hours, all contestants will be completely self reliant from the start to finish and will need to carry all their own food and equipment on their backs.  For 2009 we have a Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton and a team from Men’s Fitness magazine joining us.

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Spanish 24hr Ultra Marathon 2010

Our newest race to be added to our portfolio of races.  The Spanish 24hr Ultra Race is of an extreme nature, covering 126kms in searing temperatures over mountainous terrain in just 24 hours. 

Contestants will be completely self reliant from the start of the race until the end, and will need to carry their food and equipment on their backs. Water stations and medical tents will be provided at 20km intervals along the route. Temperatures are expected to be in the region of min 5ºc / max 40 ºc but could be more extreme.

To find out more visit our Spanish 24hr Ultra Maraton webpage

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Why I chose to run the Namibia Ultra Marathon by Francis Jones

Francis Jones writes a witty account of how he got the marathon bug all stemming from his experience whilst out in New Orleans when Hurrican Katrina struck. Fran tells us the lead up to his decision to run a marathon and how he’s now signed up to the Namibia Ultra Marathon in April.

“Making a Deal with God” By Fran Jones
At approximately 4pm on the 4th September 2005 I find myself over waist deep in cold and putrid storm waters. I have just been given military strength anti-sickness tablets by my new American doctor friend 10 minutes before – who I have been helping, treat the sick and wounded over the previous 6 days. The tablets apparently will help my immune system ward off infection from dysentery, cholera and MRSA style bugs. I didn’t ask questions and neither did my wife Sue, we swallowed them down and headed out into the river of human sewage and stagnate waters.


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Team Men’s Fitness join us on Namibia Ultra Training Weekend

We are delighted that Men’s Fitness are joining us on the Namibia Ultra Marathon coming up in April.  Team Men’s Fitness, as they are known, came down to Somerset last weekend to take part in our training weekend.  We had previous runners of the race come along, lots of lengthy runs and the event Doctor on hand to give advice on dehydration. It was a great weekend and you can find out more how the team got on on their blog.

 

ATD Adventure Racing and Expedition Medicine team up for Commonwealth Championship

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine are to provide the medical cover for the Commonwealth Championship for Mountain ATD Adventure RacingRunning and Ultra Distance. The events will run over four days in September 2009, and Keswick has been chosen as the venue.

 

 

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Director, Dr Sean Hudson is acting as the Medical Director for the event and overseeing the medical care for the many international and local competitors who will be involved in a number high profile races. In conjunction with ATD Adventure Racing they will be managing the medical logistics and communication for the event.

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Exciting times for Adventure Racing

Namibia Ultra Marathon

Namibia Ultra Marathon

We have recently had a number of press enquires about our races.  Womens’ Fitness are attending the Iceland Ultra Marathon in 2009, Runner’s World are up for the Namibia Ultra Marathon and Men’s Fitness are possibly up for the Costa Rica 24hr Adventure Race this December and the Namibia Ultra next year. 

Crazy times for us but all very exciting, we hope this exposure in those very reputable publications will help grow our races and make them THE races to take part in.