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Post Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:33 pm 
 

hey folks, as most of the oldsters from this time last year, will remember me going on this.

Well the time is upon me again and my flight is at 10am in the morning (thursday) - the race itself starts on sunday, 9am CET (central european time), or it might be GMT actually, just cant remember. anyway i digress.

http://www.darbaroud.com/index_uk.php

i have mailed a few bods off here, Shane and BC i specifically remember. i did a few more but the mails bounced (frank f for one).

if you want to receive any e-mails i manage to do while i am there, get in touch with either of them.

However i have opened this thread up, so that anyone who does receive a communique from me, could kindly post it up here for y'all to see!

thanks for the superb support guys. y'all know who you are - i dont need to name names :)

will be taking tons of pics i hope (thats if the camera doesnt break), so this will be my last posting for almost 2 weeks! you can all catch me up on the posts now :)

no cheating with the customary :) now ( (c) draco76)

take care y'all and speak soon!

you can also send me a msg. its in the mail that i sent to shane and BC, so they will let you know how to do one if you feel you would like to (the more the merrier!)

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:42 pm 
 

Good luck with the run.  Anyone who can run across that much desert definitely has my respect.


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Post Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:41 pm 
 

Go, Al!  GO!

Too bad all of us role-players are such unathletic losers.  :wink:

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:12 am 
 

thanks guys! been up since 5.30am - just having breakfast and a last read of the forum :)

not that i am addicted or anything you must understand :)

speak soon!

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:46 am 
 

Howdy Al,


Good luck then!


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:34 pm 
 

Good Luck, AL.

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:37 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:Go, Al!  GO!

Too bad all of us role-players are such unathletic losers.  :wink:

Good luck!


Hey now, I'm quite athletic, according to my doc. He keeps telling me I have athlete's feet. I don't run much, though....
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:50 am 
 

The BBC (radio) had a brief bit on this race.  Only one person has ever died, though one man became lost during a sandstorm and wandered hundreds of km off-course for days and days.

Also, the race course is not revealed until the day of the race to prevent people from practicing.  The correspondent wondered who would want to practice running through the desert in the heat.

[Edit:  Here is a link to the report that was read over the radio:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6490831.stm ]

  

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:33 pm 
 

Has the race started yet?  Any word from Killjoy?


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:53 pm 
 

JohnGaunt wrote:The BBC (radio) had a brief bit on this race.  Only one person has ever died, though one man became lost during a sandstorm and wandered hundreds of km off-course for days and days.

Also, the race course is not revealed until the day of the race to prevent people from practicing.  The correspondent wondered who would want to practice running through the desert in the heat.

[Edit:  Here is a link to the report that was read over the radio:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6490831.stm ]


Should have read the report first.  Any direct news from our guy?


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:41 pm 
 

I've only gotten two emails..but he got over that hill :) and hopefully he is still running (race ends on the 30th I believe)

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:00 am 
 

hey guys!!!

flashing visit. am in a hotel still in Ouarzazate in Morocco. just waiting to go out to lunch with the guys and am trying to type on a french style keyboard  :D

things went very well for me. i will post a full update when i get home.

i finished the whole event in 589th in a total time of 51hrs and whatever minutes. stage 4 took me 19hrs 37mins!!! endurance or what huh.

but i finished and thats all that really matters to me. thats the end of a 2.5 year quest!!!

thanks for all the support guys i appreciated it very much.

will be home late tomorrow night so will catch up proper then!

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:53 am 
 

Congratulations! :D

  


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 12:05 pm 
 

Hiya Al,

Great to see you made it through safely this time.

Caught up with the updates when I got back into town, but couldn't send any message as the race was in it's last day or something and message board said it was closed.

Excellent result! Planning on any others?


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:47 pm 
 

Great news Al!
Happy to hear that you were pleased with your finish!
Also glad to hear that you made it injury free.  :)


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 4:31 pm 
 

51 hrs 8O   WOW, Congrats bud :D


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:37 pm 
 

A 19 hour stage?  Forget physical training, I think you need some pretty good mental training to go through that.

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:53 pm 
 

I vote we all pitch in for an ST1, tie it to a stick, and let it dangle in front of Al during the next race. Works for horses.
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:03 pm 
 

Congratulations, that's a tremendous accomplishment!

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:04 pm 
 

Congratulations, Al.  It is an example not only of physical endurance, but emotional and psychological endurance to try again against all obstacles...a test of character as well as strong legs.  8O

Very nicely done.

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