Episode 219 of Talk Ultra is co-hosted by two times MDS champion, Elisabet Barnes. We discuss the 35th 2021 race with expert discussion on heat from Dr Jodie Moss. We also have eight interviews with 2021 participants: Emma Burton, Gower Tan, John Murray, Kim Hutt, Mags McHardy, Martina Taylor, Paul Been and Pierre Meslet.
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Episode 219 is a Marathon des Sables special. After three postponements, the first in April 2020, a second cancellation late 2020 and then a 3rd cancellation in April 2021 finally saw the race take place in October 2021. October was selected due to climatic conditions typically being very similar to those of April. Little did we know that October would see freakish high temperatures that would impact on the race.
Stats show that 353 completed the event, Rachid El Morabity running the whole event in 21-hours, 17-minutes, and 32-seconds. Christine Taieb was 353rd in 72-hours, 41-minutes, 31-seconds.
From the 353 finishers, 91 were from the UK, Patrick Kennedy the fastest in 25:16:14 and placing in the top-10 with Martina Taylor the 91st in 44:06:16.
Below daily race summaries which were published from the Sahara during the 2021 race.
- Rachid El Morabity 21:17:32
- Mohamed El Morabity 21:32:12
- Mérile Robert 22:39:02
- Aziza Raji 30:30:24
- Tomomi Bitoh 34:39:17
- Aicha Omrani 35:47:48
Elisabet Barnes, 2x Marathon des Sables champion co-hosts the show to provide expert opinion as we discuss the 35th edition.
00:43:19 Dr Jodie Moss provides expert analysis on heat and acclimation.
01:22:20 We have 8 interviews with 2021 MDS participants who provide varied perspective and opinions of the 35th edition. Running order is as follows:
01:22:21 Emma Burton
01:42:16 Gower Tan
02:00:14 John Murray
02:19:35 Kim Hutt
02:38:30 Mags McHardy
02:55:30 Martina Taylor
03:11:50 Paul Been
03:28:52 Pierre Meslet
This is a long show, running length 4-hours 11-minutes.
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