World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 40.0 km (Accumulated: 18911.8 km)
Elapsed time: 03:59:27
Start 09:26am. at M-cel teletower & white tarmac-mark "K 62-000", ca. 190km N. of Maputo, on the EN1-hwy to Maputo. 23c, half o.c. and med. wind. Finish 15:24 pm. At "Escola Secundaria da Macia", ca. 150km N. of Maputo, on the EN1-hwy to Maputo. 28c, o.c. and same.
Christmas running calender, day 12:
The joy of Sharing your running - one of many is, as years & km go by and experience accumulate: to help new runners advance in the sport :-)
At the moment Im having much Joy starting up coaching (co-coaching actually :-) of a runner relatively new to ultra running - but packed w. talent !
And following and nudging forward progress of runners already established in extreme-running :-) A Joy to see even though (or partly becauce..) I know it takes a lot of hard dedicated work !!
At present it makes a wellcome diversion from my own little Christmas Thriller; that the wr2 might end once across the border into S. Africa !
At moment I am 4 days of running from reaching Maputo, the capital of Mozambique and the place of last point-of-choice wether to run into South Africa (border at Ponta d' Oro, 3days further) or Swatziland (border at Goba - Mhlumeni, 2-3 days further).
The planwe have tried to get to work is choosing the direct way towards Cape Town, crossing the Ponta de Oro border to South Africa. But as we cant get support-crew or help in contacting a rental agency on S. A. side (we have GREAT offers of setting up accomodation by Darrel Raubenhaimer from Durban, and runners contact in Cape Town though ! Thanks !!!)
So it looks like Im heading for Swatziland where the terrain should be less dangerous if Im back to pushing the stroller while running - the S. A. border is 100km non-tarmac-roads through/next to elephant parks ... Free roaming elephants, so trying to run safely through pushing 40kg of supplies in front is a "No-no" if anything happens ;-) And stroller-pushing is in any case best avoided with 18 000km in the legs, if Im to have any chance of reaching the 40 000km.
As it happens, spending Christmas in Swatziland does have a special meaning to me, personally ! And I think it might be possible to find a support-crew for S. A. in Swatziland :-)
Nb: There has, as always in wr1 & wr2, been HUGE help in logistics from Phil Essam but this time it seems we are lost for options. Sarah Barnett from Australia has even offered to Fly over and do the critical patch of crewing in S. A. !! But that is Way too expensive for her that I can accept - But it does say something about the helpfullness between ultrarunners :-))