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

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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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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.

www.adventure-racing.org 

Ultra runners arrive in Namibia… ahead of the Namibia 24-hour Ultra Marathon

We’ve just heard that the group have all arrived on time at Windhoek Namibia,  they are currently heading out to camp where they will stay until the race.   It’s their last chance to check kit, acclimitise, get to know the other runners and ask our team of experts any last minute questions.  We have a UK Doctor out there as well as 3 UK guides as well as a great local team.    The race  starts on Saturday so we’ll be updating the blog when we get any updates so watch this space….

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.

 

Namibian Ultra Marathon – The toughest footrace on earth? By Jayne Freer

Tom McGuire, Winner of the 2008 Race

Tom McGuire, Winner of the 2008 Race

As memories of the aches, pains and blisters begin to fade for the 35 000 runners who competed in the  London Marathon, a handful may now be looking to take on an even bigger challenge to push their limits further. With the infamous Marathon des Sables booked up until 2011, what is left for those athletes brave and mad enough to take their running to the next level? I travelled to Africa with nine runners of all ages and from all walks of life for the first-ever Namibian 24-hour Ultra Marathon and now ask: Could this be the toughest footrace on earth?

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