Grand to Grand Ultra 2016 – Stage 4

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.

Thank you for all the messages of support – please keep sending them to, with David Barnard #500 in the subject line.

Please remember to support my fundraising campaign in support of the END Fund and the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa. Refer to to learn more and make a donation.

Together, we can END NTDs in Africa!

Until tomorrow.

Best wishes


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