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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Namib Ultra Marathon 2009 Open its doors to applicants

“It was hot!  It was hard! It was awesome! – A true adventure.     This race is a must for individuals who wish to test their limits on physical and mental endurance” Pete Holdgate, 2008 Ultra Runner.

The Namib Ultra Marathon is a marathon with a difference; 120 km in 24hrs across one of the worlds most stunning but challenging desert terrian based around Brandberg the countries highest peak and heading towards the finish line on the infamous Skeleton Coast.

The challenge is proving to be a popular one so early sign up is recommended and you can find out more here.   Adventure Racing in Namibia.

 

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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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