Category Archives: Gobi March

It’s over (Gobi March)

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The Gobi March is over and it will be a race that I will never forget. It contained all of the elements I expected a desert ultra marathon to have- breathtaking scenery, epic sand dunes, harsh weather conditions on both spectrums, emotional breakdowns, personal victories and the truest display of community and team spirit. One thing I did not expect and am heartbroken to write is that Nick, aged 31, lost his life after collapsing on day 4 in the canyons.…

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Stage 5 (Gobi March)

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Hello my dear friends.

Your blog comments and emails are a true lift to my spirit!! I have completed the 100km stage and have reached the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. After i wrote my last blog (on stage four) horror and devastation hit the camp as competitors were stuck in the canyon dehydrated and in a very poor state. All of the competitors who were at camp were in a frenzy of fear as we received news that a man had curled into a corner.…

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Stage 4 (Gobi March)

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So much has happened over the past 18hours it is hard to know where to start. I really hit struggleville last night with the rest of my tent mates as we were camped outside the village and were unable to sleep due to the thousands of flies that were buzzing past us and the goat that made goat noises all night. We were woken up at 2:45am and I sleepily tried to pack my bag but was in a tizz about the throbbing pain that was consuming my knee.…

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Stage 3 (Gobi March)

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It is 3:18pm and I have had a few hours rest after the 32km stage. The field was INCREDIBLY fast today as it was a true runners course. The lead guy Dan completed the day in approx two hours and fifteen minutes- unbelievable. The first section was very rocky terrain and we went through a few river crossings. The water was cold and muddy and it reached high up to my thighs.…

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Stage 2 (Gobi March)

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Hello Outside World.

I am writing this blog from a pretty amazing campsite and I have already had a few hours rest after a tough but shortish day. We only had to cover 29kms today and it was broken up into 15kms, 7kms, 7kms. The toughest stage by far was the first 15kms which were pretty similar to the last checkpoint of day 1. The countdown began at 9am and I headed off with fellow pocket rocket Amanda from Hong Kong.…

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Stage 1 (Gobi March)

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Stage one of the Gobi March is complete and we have now ticked off 32kms of this 250k race. All racing the planet grand slammers are in and we are being a great support to each other. The race didn’t start till 9:30am which gave everyone enough time to get a substantial amount of butterflies in the stomach. My poor tent mates didn’t sleep too well as the weather was pretty chilly and the nightime temperature at camp2 is expected to be even colder.…

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Maybe I should have packed the gumboots

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We were told by the organisers to expect the unexpected with Gobi and boy were they right. I am sitting in the foyer of our hotel in Urumqi and the competitors are quietly (or not so quietly) freaking out by the sudden rain and cold weather. One of my greatest concerns going into Gobi was the expected 50+degree celsius temperatures when we hit the fourth and fifth stages. This is still predicted to take happen, but additionally we may be confronted with flash flooding and cooooolllllld weather on the first two stages. …

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Positivity/Gear List

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Hello,

So there is less than four weeks until the race begins and I nearly forgot all of the time and effort that is needed to organise ones gear and equipment. I became quite obsessive with my gear in the final month leading up to Atacama. I think I found a new love for ziplock bags & embraced the challenge of being able to make freezedried food as small as possible.…

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Reason for racing

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In a rather unexpected decision I have decided to fly to China and take on another 250km challenge. My cousin Laura was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and i feel this is my chance to raise some needy funds towards the Royal Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust (RCCFRT). CF is the most common life-threatening inherited disease in Australia. It is a disorder that severely affects lung function and digestion. 1 in 2500 children have the disease and 1 in 25 people are carriers of the CF gene.…

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