Episode 63 – Spinks, Williams, Meek, TAA

Ep63

Episode 63 of Talk Ultra – We have a great interview with Queen of the Fells, Nicky Spinks. An in-depth interview with Morgan Williams all about the Bob Graham Round and we speak to Greg Felll from The African Attachment about what it’s like producing iconic ‘trail’ films such as Travailen w/ Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel, Wandering Fever and the Salomon running series of films. We also catch up with Jo Kelsey (Meek) on that incredible 5th place at Comrades Marathon and in Talk Training, we speak with Richard Fluck, the UK’s expert on kidneys and the effects of NSAID’s. The News, a Blog, Up & Coming races and Speedgoat Karl Meltzer is back from the wilderness….

NEWS
 
COMRADES
Results from comrades.com
1 31020 Bongmusa Mthembu  RSA Nedbank Running Club KZN 5:28:34
2 45047 Ludwick Mamabolo  RSA Nedbank Running Club GN 5:33:14 + 4:41
3 18289 Gift Kelehe  RSA Samancor Chrome Marathon Club LP 5:34:39 + 6:06
4 55925 Stephen Muzhingi  ZIM TOYOTA AC 5:35:18 + 6:45
5 29889 Rufus Photo  RSA Pietersburg Road Runners 5:35:30 + 6:57
6 27026 Mncedisi Mkhize  RSA Maxed Elite – KZN 5:36:06 + 7:33
7 13892 Jonas Buud SWE Nedbank Running Club International M40 5:38:17 + 9:44
8 51249 Manoko William Mokwalakwala  RSA 5:39:29 + 10:56
9 43769 Prodigal Khumalo  ZIM Maxed Elite International 5:39:36 + 11:03
10 28424 Latudi Makofane RSA Samancor Chrome Marathon Club LP 5:40:41 + 12:08
 
 
1 13938 Eleanor Greenwood  GBR Nedbank International 6:18:15
2 19987 Elena Nurgalieva  RUS TOYOTA ATHLETICS 6:23:18 + 5:04
3 19988 Olesya Nurgalieva  RUS TOYOTA ATHLETIC CLUB 6:24:51 + 6:36
4 19177 Irina Antropova  RUS Nedbank Running Club 6:34:08 + 15:53
5 10410 Jo Meek  GBR Toyota Athletic Club 6:47:02 + 28:48
6 24381 Caroline Wostmann  RSA Nedbank Running Club GN 6:51:43 + 33:29
7 32475 Zola Budd Pieterse  RSA Hooters A.C 6:55:55 + 37:40
8 20702 Frida Sodermark  SWE Nedbank Running Club 6:57:33 + 39:19
9 32448 Martinique Potgieter  RSA Pietersburg Road Runners 7:00:46 + 42:32
10 52266 Julanie Basson  RSA Toyota AC CG 7:02:50 + 44:35
 
INTERVIEW
 
We have an interview with 5th placed lady at Comrades –  JO MEEK
 
ULTRABALATON 212km
 
  1. Ivan Cudin 18:30:12
  2. Lojze Primozic19:12:06
  3. Boris Ivanovic19:39:56
  1. Matene Varju Edit 23:41:11
  2. Drusko Zsofia 25:11:59
  3. Laurence Suisse Brunet 25:13:47
 
ENDURANCLIFE CLASSIC QUARTER
 
Duncan Oakes 6:58:18
Justin Nicholas 7:08:30
Clare Prosser 7:14:05
James Poole 7:24:27
2nd lady Jayne Angilley 9:02:18
3rd lady Becky Shuttleworth 9:03:37
 
Give a mention for Ultra D-Day Trail – https://iancorless.org/2014/06/10/ultra-d-day-trail-100-miles/
 
 
BLOG
 
NICK CLARK gives us an insight into his training for WSER – http://irunmountains.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/four-weeks-ending-june-1.html
INTERVIEW
NICKY SPINKS completes the Ramsey Round in a new CR and adds to an impressive list of other ‘Rounds’ records. Hear about this amazing lady…
 
MELTZER MOMENT with Speedgoat 
 
INTERVIEW
 
MORGAN WILLIAMS discusses the Bob Graham Round
 
TALK TRAINING with Dr Richard Fluck we discuss NSAID’s (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and sport.
DR. Richard Fluck, Consultant Physician, Derby City General Hospital, Clinical Director Renal Services and Service Director of Medicine.

Richard went to Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the London Hospital Medical College, London University

He has developed all aspects of nephrology within Derby looking at service delivery, planning, education, teaching, training and research. In his role as Service Director, his major projects have included Emergency Care Reform (Project Lead, Trustwide), EWTD (Directorate) and undergraduate teaching programme (Strategy document for Directorate)

Prior to Derby he was honorary senior registrar and lecturer to the medical unit and the renal unit, within the Royals NHS trust and Queen Mary Westfield College, London.

He divided his time between the medical unit, covering acute general medicine, with interests in diabetes and metabolic disease, and the department of nephrology.

In the last 18 months Richard has been elected onto the Renal Association, and sits on the Clinical Advisory Board. He has designed and led an audit of vascular access in all renal units in the United Kingdom.

He has been a programme chair for the British Renal Society’s Annual Conference in 2005 and 2006 and is involved in the production of Criteria for Success.

His renal research interests included the myopathy of renal failure and disorders of cellular calcium control in uraemia,

Richard has published extensively.

 
INTERVIEW
Greg Fell of The African Attachment talks to us about producing incredible films that we all have come to love and enjoy… TAA are the creators of many Salomon films and the recent Travailen documenting Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel’s ‘Drak Traverse’ – https://iancorless.org/2014/05/30/travailen-film-review-ryan-sandes-and-ryno-griesels-drak-traverse/
 
 
UP & COMING RACES
 

Austria

100km Wien | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

50km Wien | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

ESPA-Mountain-Marathon | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

ESPA-Ötscher-Ultra-Marathon | 70 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Mozart 100 | 100 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Mozart 100 – 54 km | 54 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Bolivia

Ultra BOLIVIA Race | 170 kilometers | June 23, 2014 | website

Bulgaria

Vitosha 100km Mountain Super Trail | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Canada

Alberta

Fast Trax 100K Road Ultra | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Fast Trax 100K Trail Ultra | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Fast Trax 50K Road Ultra | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Fast Trax 50k Trail Ultra | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Fast Trax 50M Road Ultra | 50 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Fast Trax 50M Trail Ultra | 50 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Ontario

Niagara Ultra 50 Km | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Croatia

Velebit Ultra Trail 100 km | 100 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Czech Republic

Krakonosova Stovka 100 km | 100 kilometers | June 20, 2014 | website

France

Alpes-Maritimes

Grand Défi Vésubien | 67 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

La Grande Courasse | 61 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Neander-Trail | 50 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Trail de la Vésubie | 63 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Aube

Team Trail Intermarché | 180 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Cantal

Ultra-Trail Puy Mary Aurillac | 105 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Drôme

Les Drayes du Vercors 60 km | 60 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Hautes-Alpes

Trans Écrins | 80 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Haute-Savoie

80km du Mont-Blanc | 80 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

AravisTrail – 52 km | 52 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

AravisTrail – 70 km | 70 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

L’esprit Angolon | 60 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Hautes-Pyrénées

Aneto trail de la Haute – Bigorre | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Ille-et-Vilaine

La MiL’KiL | 1000 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Lozère

Aubrac Circus Trail | 55 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Manche

Défi des Barjos | 57 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Défi des Grands Barjos | 102 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

La Barjo | 87 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Raid de l’Archange | 270 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Morbihan

Grand Raid 56 Golfe du Morbihan | 177 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Pas-de-Calais

Trail des Coteaux de l’AA- 55 km | 55 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Montan’Aspe : la Piste Noire | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Var

Verdon Canyon Challenge – 110 km | 110 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Verdon Canyon Challenge – 60 km | 60 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Vosges

Le trail de la Vallée des Lacs | 63 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Germany

Bavaria

Chiemsee-Ultramarathon Juni | 108 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Salomon Zugspitz Ultratrail – Supertrail | 60 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Salomon Zugspitz Ultratrail – SuperTrail XL | 79 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Salomon Zugspitz Ultratrail – Ultratrail | 100 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Hesse

Rhön-Weser-Challenge | 190 kilometers | June 20, 2014 | website

WiBoLT | 320 kilometers | June 18, 2014 | website

Rhineland-Palatinate

Eifel Ultramarathon | 51 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Ireland

Connacht

Forest Marathon – 100 km | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Forest Marathon – 50 km | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Leinster

Celtic 6 Day Stage Race 125K | 125 kilometers | June 23, 2014 | website

Celtic 6 Day Stage Race 250K | 250 kilometers | June 23, 2014 | website

Italy

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Magraid | 100 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Piedmont

Grand Raid International du Cro-Magnon | 130 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Trail del Marguareis | 80 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Puglia

Ultramaratona del Gargano | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol

Pasubio 100 | 100 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Tuscany

Malandrino XL | 83 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Trail del Malandrino | 70 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Veneto

Lavaredo Ultra Trail | 118 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Netherlands

Gelderland

53 km Veluwezoom Trail | 53 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Norway

UltraBirken | 55 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Portugal

Caminhos do Tejo | 146 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Romania

Transylvania Trail Crossing 2-Day Stage Race | 100 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Serbia

100 km Run Palic | 100 kilometers | June 15, 2014 | website

Slovakia

Štefánik Trail | 140 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Spain

Basque Country

Hiru Haundiak | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Madrid

Gran Trail Peñalara | 110 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Gran Trail Peñalara 60km | 60 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Sweden

Lapland Ultra | 100 kilometers | June 27, 2014 | website

Switzerland

Berne

100km run Biel | 100 kilometers | June 13, 2014 | website

Neuchâtel

Trail de l’Absinthe | 75 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

United Kingdom

Cumbria

The Wall Ultramarathon – Challenger | 69 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

The Wall Ultramarathon – Expert | 69 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

The Wall Ultramarathon – Relay | 69 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Three Rings of Shap | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

East Dunbartonshire

West Highland Way race | 153 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

East Sussex

50 Mile Overnight Run | 50 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

South Downs Way 100 | 100 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Isle of Wight

XNRG Round The Island Isle Of Wight Multi Stage Ultra | 70 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Sheffield

Ultra Tour of the Peak District | 60 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

USA

Arizona

Adrenaline 65K Night Run | 65 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

California

Burton Creek Trail Run 50K | 50 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Harding Hustle 50K | 50 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Rodeo Valley Trail Run Spring 50K | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

San Lorenzo River Trail Run 50 km | 50 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Colorado

Gunnison 100k Endurance Run | 100 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Run | 50 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Maryland

Mason-Dixon Trail Longest Day 100K Challenge | 100 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Massachusetts

Vegan Power 50K | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Montana

Waterton Glacier Relay | 100 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

New Mexico

Angel Fire Endurance 100 Mile Run | 100 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Angel Fire Endurance 50K Run | 50 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Angel Fire Endurance 50 Mile Run | 50 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Ohio

Mohican Trail 100M Trail Run | 100 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Mohican Trail 50M Trail Run | 50 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

Oregon

Mary’s Peak 50K Trail Running Race | 50 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Pennsylvania

Laurel Highlands Ultra’s 50 K Trail Run | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Laurel Highlands Ultra’s 77 Mile Trail Run | 77 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Rachel Carson Trail Challenge | 34 miles | June 21, 2014 | website

South Carolina

Bad Marsh 50K Night Ultra | 50 kilometers | June 21, 2014 | website

Tennessee

Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race | 60 miles | June 13, 2014 | website

Utah

Bryce Canyon 100 Mile | 100 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Bryce Canyon 50K | 50 kilometers | June 14, 2014 | website

Bryce Canyon 50 Mile | 50 miles | June 14, 2014 | website

Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back | 192 miles | June 27, 2014 | website

Washington

Rattlesnake Ridge Run 50K | 50 kilometers | June 22, 2014 | website

Wyoming

Bighorn Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run | 100 miles | June 20, 2014 | website

Bighorn Trail 50K Endurance Run | 50 kilometers | June 20, 2014 | website

Bighorn Trail 50 Mile Endurance Run | 50 miles | June 20, 2014 | website
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TRAVAILEN – Film Review. Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel’s Drak Traverse

Travailen screen capture ©theAfricanAttachment ©RedBull_564

Travailen screen capture ©theAfricanAttachment ©RedBull_564

‘Travailen’ – To make an arduous journey

It was never going to be easy. Making an arduous journey never is, however, the Drakensberg Traverse has a history and in the opening minutes of this 30-minute visual candy, we are introduced to that history, not only in words but mages.

Ryan and Ryno explain the process of how they met at the Salomon SkyRun years earlier and how a seed was planted, a seed that would grow and blossom into the Drak Traverse.

It’s in the early section of the film that we are treated to an explanation of the challenge through an array of images accompanied by short interviews

Gavin & Lawrie Raubenheimer pioneered the trail in 1999 (104hrs 39min) and established a benchmark (and route) that must include the 6-peaks under self-sufficiency. Previous record holder, Stijn Laenen excitedly discusses the ‘Drak’ and how difficult a speed attempt will be. But ultimately, one of the most important characters is Cobus Van Zyl, a large man with a deep authorative voice. Cobus held the current record which he set with Ryno, but he shows no jealousy, no hint of contempt; in actual fact it is the contrary. Cobus actually becomes involved in the whole process, helping recce the route, plan logistics and during the attempt, Cobus is the ‘pin’ back at HQ following the tracker.

Travailen screen capture ©theAfricanAttachment ©RedBull_564

Travailen screen capture ©theAfricanAttachment ©RedBull_564

Ryan speaks softly and shows vulnerability throughout the whole film. He may well be a superstar with a list of palmarès to confirm his ascendance in the sport in such a short space of time. However, we see none of that in this film… no previous glories, no back slapping… in actual fact, the back slapping comes from Ryno who almost places Ryan on too high a pedestal.

‘I felt super vulnerable, out of my depth and out of my comfort zone’

Ryan tells us in the middle section of the movie where we are introduced to the extremities that the Drakensberg can throw at anyone. On the third day of a fast-pack attempt; Ryno, Cobus and Ryan are confronted by extreme weather and Ryan pulls the plug amongst snow-covered fields. One has to remember, Ryan is new to running, let alone extreme running and it becomes very clear in these moments, that although Ryan may very well be the vehicle of the film, this attempt would not be possible without the knowledge and experience of Ryno and Cobus. Ryan has no façade, he has no bravado, and he tells it like it is…

‘If things go wrong, I don’t think I’d be capable of looking after myself.’ 

Footage of the actual record completes the final third of the film and for me; the process of reducing 41hours 49mins of record-breaking time into approximately 11-12 minutes is where the true miracle happens. I know only too well as a photographer how protective I can become of images and moments. Dean Leslie and the crew at The African Attachment work wonders. It’s like a wonderfully crafted piece of music that actually takes instruments away, rather than adding, to make the whole piece larger, greater and more memorable. Switching for arial vistas and close ups; the story is told in a series of bold moments that encompass key moments during the traverse. 

‘If I am not ready now, I never will be’

Ryan rushes to prepare in the final moments before the midnight start. At the stroke of 12, they depart into the night. Climbing metal ladders running through the night, head torches are replaced by the arrival of the sun.

Back at base, Cobus and Cindy Van Zyl follow Ryan and Ryno; they monitor each step via trackers.

‘You realize how quickly things can go wrong, how vulnerable they are… if you need to escape, it’s at least 6-hours hard hiking!’

Exhausted by the heat, Ryan and Ryno reach Cleft Peak at 08:39 and run on. Dreaming of milkshakes they become dehydrated and face the demons of trying to refuel at night at Giant’s Pass.

‘If you don’t get your nutrition right you will fail and you will simply stop’

Tired, exhausted and lacking concentration they move on into the night. Trying to sleep is almost impossible. The dawn of a new day shows us the impact of the terrain, the beauty, the magic and the splendor of the traverse. Here words aren’t required and the mix of visual and music takes us to a new level. This is more than a running movie. It’s art.

Travailen screen capture ©theAfricanAttachment ©RedBull_564

Travailen screen capture ©theAfricanAttachment ©RedBull_564

‘It’s about doing things that make you happy and doing it because you want to.’

Bushman’s Neck Border Post 5:49pm with 205km’s covered, Ryan and Ryno approach a Red Bull arch. It’s the first glimmer of the real world and the brand that made this attempt possible. No crowds, no razzamatazz, just a few friends and family…

‘Just a short run in the Drakensberg Mountains,’ Ryan says to camera.

As the film closes, quite rightly, respect is given to the history of the Drakensberg Traverse via visual snaps:

  • Cobus & Ryno
  • Andrew Porter (successful solo attempt and record)
  • Stijn & Andrew
  • Gavin & Lawrie

Travailen is not your usual showboating movie about running. It’s a honest piece. It shows vulnerabilities and how we overcome them. Egos and reputations are dismissed into a collective gathering of skill and experience. It’s a spiritual journey that I am sure will live on within each of those involved.

As a movie it is a visual feast handled with great skill by Dean Leslie and the team at the African Attachment. The blending and fading of subtle music provides a wonderful and balanced atmospheric to the pain and struggle of Ryan and Ryno. For such a tough challenge, the movie is a calm and tranquil homage to a very tough, rugged and gnarly mountain range. The characters involved, maybe it’s the South African accents, blend with the nature providing a wonderful silky smooth experience.

Runner or not, Travailen holds joys and pleasure for all. The film previewed on May 29th at The Labia, Cape Town. The film will be available for public release, however, the date has not yet been made available. I will update as and when appropriate.

READ MY DRAK TRAVERSE INTERVIEW WITH RYAN SANDES HERE

Thanks and credits:

I’d like to thank Ryan Sandes, Ryno GrieselKelly Burke, Dean Leslie, Greg Fell, Red Bull and The African Attachment for the opportunity to see an advance copy of Travailen.

Links:

TAA logoRed Bull Logo

 What Red Bull have to say:

The visually epic tale of Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel’s Drakensberg Grand Traverse record.

At midnight on Monday, March 24 2014, trail runners Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel set off into the darkness from Witsieshoek car park. Their goal: to complete the 210 kilometreDrakensberg Grand Traverse – the mother of all Drakensberg hikes – faster than anyone had before.

To rightfully claim the title they had to travel on foot, carrying all their own gear without receiving any form of support along the way. It was just them against the mountain elements. Against the clock.

Travailen is the thrillingly visual tale of their attempt. Dean Leslie, Director for Travailen, gives us some insight into the toughest assignment the The African Attachment have ever taken on.

SANDES and GRIESEL achieve #DrakTraverse record

Image ©kelvintrautman

Image ©kelvintrautman

At 00h00 on Monday, 24 March 2014, trailblazers Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel embarked on the ultimate Drakensberg adventure – the Drakensberg Grand Traverse. The two battled the elements and intense fatigue to break the existing record by an incredible 18 hours to complete the traverse in 41 hours and 49 minutes on 25 March 2014.

Spanning parts of the Free State and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces of South Africa, as well as the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, the unmarked route has broken many an adventurers heart with only 3 official records set since the route was first run 15 years ago. The previous Drakensberg Grand Traverse (DGT) record, of 60 hours 29 mins, was set by Griesel and Cobus van Zyl.

A tired, but remarkably upbeat, Ryan Sandes was elated at completing the attempt and achieving a new record. “This attempt started as a seed more than 2 years ago…to have finished it now feels quite surreal. We felt good from the start & knew if the weather held, we would have a great chance of breaking the record. However, until you cross the line, you can’t be too sure. There were a few anxious moments when I tweaked my ankle 2 hours into the attempt & I was worried that it might mean the end so soon. Running through the night was challenging at some of the more technical parts, but it really helped to have Ryno there. He knows the mountain like the back of his hand & it was reassuring to have someone so experienced with me.”

Griesel was equally complimentary of his teammate. “Ryan has got to be the best runner in the world when it comes to these conditions. Running the DGT, as opposed to speed hiking, takes a greater toll on your body than I realised. I became dehydrated during the first day and had a couple of tough hours, but Ryan pushed us through it and kept me going.” When asked how he was feeling, Griesel summed it up in one word: ‘Privileged’. “It was such an incredible experience to see this dream of ours realised after years of planning and to enjoy so much support from friends, family & strangers from around the world.”

ryno-griesel ©kelvintrautman

ryno-griesel ©kelvintrautman

In order for the attempt to be official Sandes and Griesel had to start and the Sentinel Car Park and end at the Bushman’s Neck Border Post. As there is no set route for the DGT, one can choose any route to do so as long as one passes eight checkpoints along the way including The Chain Ladders, the Mont-aux-Sources summit at 3282m and the highest of the all the summits (and the highest point in Southern Africa) Thabana Ntlenyana Summit at 3482m.

Both of the athletes cited the sunrise from this summit as something that would stay with them forever. As Griesel said, “The sunrise this morning from Thabana was a special moment and we both stopped for a few seconds to appreciate the view. It was both inspiring & humbling to greet the day from such a vantage point.”

Part of the equipment the athletes carried was a mobile tracking system that tracked their movements across the mountains. This data was fed into an interactive website – http://www.redbull.co.za/draktraverse – that tracked distance, time against previous record and conditions live. The site attracted more than 20 000 visitors from all over the world over the course of the event and users were able to show their support for the athletes by sharing live data from the site.

Ryan Sandes ©iancorless.com

Ryan Sandes ©iancorless.com

With his DGT record in the bag, Sandes now has his sights set on Ultra Trial Mount Fuji in April, before he comes back to South Africa to participate in the Wings for Life World Run in Franschhoek in May.