Al Andalus – Spanish Ultra Race Report

Serial ultra marathon competitor Joakim Jonsson has just completed the Spanish Al Andalus Ultra.  A 250 km race, over 5 days in extraodinary heat.  Read about the race here in Joakim’s race report.

Joakim will also be joining us once again on the Namibia Ultra Marathon in 2010 – it’s our third year and Joakim has been with us from the start.

Men’s Fitness Magazine out now!

Go grab your copy of Men’s Fitness magazine to view some fantastic coverage about Across the Divide’s Namibia 24 hour ultra marathon.

Team Men’s Fitness went out and literally conquered with one of them, Darren Roberts, coming in first….just. The race is gruelling and extreme but all runners did phenomenally well, and the camaraderie was exceptional.

Join us in Namibia for the 2010 24 hour Namibia Ultra Marathon

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

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.

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….