Excellent Result for Wilson in Marathon des Sable Event
Ripon Runner Nick Wilson has just completed the Marathon des Sables, a race across the Sahara desert, which is ranked as the toughest footrace on earth. The actual routes and formats change every year, with the Race Director and his team meticulously planning routes that are held secret until the day before the event starts.
The rules of the race require you to be self-sufficient, to carry with you on your back everything that you need to survive. Competitors sleep in tents each night provided by the organisers, but any other equipment and food must be carried.
Attracting runners from all over the world, the 2013 race was a gruelling 224 kilometres (140 miles), split over 5 stages; 37.2 km (day 1), 30.7 km (day 2), 38.0 km (day 3), 75.7 km (day 4/5), finishing with a 42.2 km (day 6).
The 55 year old finished in the magnificent position of 122nd overall out of 970 finishers, in a total time of 31 hours 21 minutes.
Closer to home, members took part in a mini triathlon in Skipton. The event combined a 400 m swim followed by a 20 km bike ride and finishing off with a 5 km run. Gary Bastow was 234th out of 770 entrants (and 13th vet out of 61) in 1 hour 23 mins, Rebecca Spedding 460th (6th in 16-19 years category) in 1 hour 34 mins with John Bull recording 1 hour 51 mins to finish in 659th position.