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Flying in

It was a long haul, nearly 25 hours of travel and we were now on the final stretch from Dubai to Beijing.   It was not long, and the pilot announced that he was beginning the descent towards Beijing. This was followed by the normal scurry around the cabin as the flight attendants began to collect all the loose items. Blankets, head phones and anything else that could rattle around and be of danger during the landing. I then felt the plane throttle back as we began...

Last minute .com

It’s crazy, no matter how many events I have done, the last 2two days are always a total nightmare.   You can have lists, everything is laid out ready to pack, but nothing comes together smoothly. There is always the last minute flap. Yesterday was just that.   We had a bit of a kit crisis as we were waiting for our running shoes to arrive by courier as well as the Puma gear that had to be collected. This meant that we could not pack anything.   There were bits...

Filling the bags.

I arrived home with a car full of gear.   It was now time to get everything packed for three months on the road into two bags. This is no small task. It’s the tent, sleeping bag, 5 pairs of running shoes. Cold weather gear. Smaller running bags, the running gear, all the electronic stuff I need and medical kit. The pile was massive. I looked at this and the two bags and knew from the outset it was an impossible task.   Jade my youngest daughter has helped...

Mental and Physical Preparation

We all have different ways that work for us when preparing for an event, be it in business, a personal journey or a physical event, it all boils down to this effort that you put into the preparation beforehand. Remember never underestimate the importance of this preparation.   I feel that the most frustrating thing is that this preparation will always have the elements of repetition; boring bits that you feel are ultimately just time consuming and end up being physically and mentally draining. Day in and day...

Dream it, do it.

The one thing that I have learnt the hard way is that nothing really happens unless you personally take hold of the situation and physically drive it yourself.   So often I sit back and watch how many people think that by pushing out an E-mail, the rest will happen, everything will fall into place and, “Wow it’s so simple”, the person on the other end will now deliver. Unfortunately, this is normally where things end, stop and flop. Remember as you hit the send button your...

Training: it’s crucial in getting there

It’s been another hard energy-sapping week of training – about 200 kms have been completed, the distance is starting to get taxing, it’s relentless. We are now running every morning, getting up at 4-30 in the dark. I have a 40-minute drive to meet Andrew on the mountain before we start. It’s then dragging my tired body out of the car only to hear Andy’s morning chirp.   “Uncle D! Hope you brought you’re A-game today, as well as your B and C.” As this relentless scrap with...

Assembling the crew

Reflecting on the past journeys, the assembling of the different teams has always been an interesting process as the journey evolves. There is in a way a common evolution that unfolds every time.   It begins with the initial first reaction to each other as the team members meet each other for the first time. Then there is the slow process of building as a unit, finding cohesion and ultimately becoming as one, as a fully functional single-minded entity. This is the ultimate team, the perfection that...

Into the west and the Unknown

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says when a man awakens in the morning, he is presented with two daily choices – when looking west, he will experience darkness and gloom and east, sunrise and joy. The choice as to which way you wish to travel is yours.   I have looked at this proverb from many angles, sat late at night toying over the direction that this new journey is going to take and guess what, it is straight West!   I feel that no matter what...

The Great Wall the Catalyst

China has been the catalyst to many events in my life, events that have culminated in, above all, making a difference in the lives of the youth. As the journeys have inspired me, so have I managed to go out and do the same.   I will never forget leaving China 12 years ago with William Lindsay saying to me.   “David you will be back, the wall will never leave you, it’s going to draw you back”   After the first run across the Great Wall of China, I arrived...

Be the Hope

We talk about hope on a daily basis; we face and grapple with it every day.   It’s something that we are always searching for; it’s the fuel that gives us the drive to fight for tomorrow as we feel that it will bring a better tomorrow.   Its deep within us, we all have that inherent sense of hope, it’s our window to look through at the positives that tomorrow will offer.   It is there happening now, the most daunting thing about it is the pace of how quickly...