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Man vs. Beast

Covering a distance of 800km over 16 days along the west coast of South Africa, the ultimate physical and mental endurance race for man and horse alike. Raising awareness and funds to facilitate corrective surgery in animals & in children born with cleft lips and palates.

 

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Food, The Deepest Subway & The Race

The Health Centre Some how Andy and the one guide decided that before the run I needed one of the state issued hair cuts, so off we went to the health and beauty centre housed in a 4 story building and serviced 10-000 people per day. The complex consists of shower and bath rooms, saunas, massage facilities, beauty salons and hair salons. In we went for the normal “official” tour and then into the hair salon. On the wall was a massive poster of 15 official hairstyles...

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Introduction, the DMZ & Daily Life

Meeting our minders I must admit it was quite, lets say overwhelming looking around at the airport, military everywhere, dark grey and a weird feeling overcomes one. Then you walk into the building, I saw similar in Cuba, but this was in its own league. We had filled in the arrivals for and the questions were bad enough so we just made sure there was no chance that we had missed anything. People around us were having GPS watches confiscated, phones checked, literature looked at and...

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Welcome to North Korea

The N-Korea marathon It had been a crazy 3 weeks, after 6 months of trying to go the official route with no reply to a single mail or ph call, a break through came and the madness began. The borders to N- Korea were re opened after months of closure and we were introduced to a group in China who could get us access in to the DPRK. The next thing Andy and I were on a plane to Beijing and the crazy journey began. After 25...

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The iron umbrella, Nelson Mandela & illegal camping

Day 4 The sun is setting and we are sitting next to a river watching a group of youngsters being coached boxing. Its special to see the how simple, but yet involved the villagers life is and the structures of discipline and respect there is. if there is one thing we can learn here. That is the entrenched respect and caring for one another. If there is a seat open in a vehicle they will stop and offer you a lift. We have decided to keep...

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Viva la revolución!

Day 1 From landing in Havana it was off the wall. After a long customs check, we wandered around the airport for about and hour trying to find a cab to our accommodation. Finally out of nowhere appeared a cab driver, smooth talker speaking great English. We know we were going to be conned by this guy, he was so smooth, but it was late and getting dark, tired from 30 hour of travel, we let ourselves fall into the web. He smooth talked us all...

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Ireland

What a crazy few days I have had, the flight back to SA basically for 2 days to do some presentations. I got back to Ireland exhausted from all the travel, what I really needed was 2 rest days before I started the next leg which is not so far in distance, but the biggest challenge is the daily total that we have to clock up. 70 km per day. I flew into Cork and Andy and Darren collected me and we drove straight down...

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Barriers of old

As I have run down the UK, there are walls everywhere this brought back memories of running along the Great wall of China where I was totally absorbed in the magnitude of this feat of mankind, how and why was this wall build. Slowly as the facts unfolded, so too was the total awe of this feat and shear accomplishment, the biggest construction site in the history of mankind. I look across the landscape that I am now running, there is hardly and area that does not have some kind of wall, hedge or barrier that is man made.