Posted: 21/11/2014 at 08:43
Boing - I'm back!
Sorry to hear that you have been unwell TP. Sounds horrible. Hope you are recovering well.
Well, that was bloody awesome
The hardest, most gruelling thing I have ever done. Combine altitude, windy conditions, heat, epic climbs, soft sand and technical terrain and what do you end up with: altitude sickness and a finish line collapse and oxygen
24 runners started including 6 women. 21 finished and I was 3rd woman. The worl champion stair runner from Mexico city who was marked for 2nd place dropped out, as did 2 of the Chilean runners.
So, it may have taken me an appalling 7.16, but I finished. I will get some blog entries up soon.
The Atacama is an amazing place, bleak, majestic and awesome. Mr FFB loved it too and was a regular David Bailey. We have some great photos. One of the other British runners gave him her mega DSLR camera with huge zoom lens which he went mad with, so hopefully we will get those pictures too. There will also be the official photos once the photographer gets back from Antarctica,
Good to see everyone planning for next year. I have put in an entry for the WHW and have entered the North Pole Marathon. Neither a definite as I have to get through WHW selection and need to sort finances for north pole which is very expensive. Looking for some corporate backing - so if anyone knows of any big corporates looking to off load some profits let me know
Just as I was departing for Chile I got word that I had been given an Exceptional Volunteer award from Alzheimer Scotland