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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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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