What's it like?
It's not something to be underestimated. It's really, really hard. The toughest part is the mental challenge. Your body is exhausted and at times it's a struggle just to put one foot in front of the other - the only way to do it is stubborn determination. Amazingly, despite the pain and exhaustion, we enjoyed every bit of it.
Our Support Crew were incredible - they always cheered us up and were so attentive. They organised a BBQ checkpoint (complete with non-alcoholic beer!) but our favourite was the rave checkpoint during the night. They met us with a boom box - wearing face paint, waving glow sticks, blowing whistles - and danced us into the checkpoint. It made us famous with other teams who later asked us if we were the people with the crazy Support Crew!
The team spirit you experience when you go through such a tough event is like nothing else. It didn't make a difference if we'd known each other our whole lives or 12 hours - we all helped each other through and were delighted to cross that finish line together. At the finish line I cried with happiness, relief and pride and I didn't come down from the high for about 2 weeks!