29 September 2016
Greetings from Camp 5 at the end of Stage 4 of the Grand to Grand Ultra.
I finished today’s 42km stage in 6h02, and 26th position on the day.
It was a better day for running with more hard sand and dirt roads at least until 25km. After that, the drama started.
First we had to climb a mountain and then it was uphill on loose sand until checkpoint 4, followed by a massive thunder storm with lightning, hail and rain.
I met up with the other South African runner, Warren Butler, as we left checkpoint 4 and we stayed together to the end. It was really scary to run in these conditions, but now that it is over, it is actually something which I will remember for a long time.
The big plus of running in the rain is that I had my first “shower” of the week. Hopefully everything will dry before tomorrow’s 5th stage.
We now only have two stages left – 42km tomorrow and then 12km on Saturday. My body and feet are still ok, and end is in sight.
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