At 6am on the Saturday morning we set off. Our tummies were full thanks to the Gurkha breakfast and our spirits were high (even though the forecast was a bit dodgy!). We trekked throughout the day and into the night. It was exhilarating and exhausting, a little surreal but overall something that we will never forget.
We really pulled together as a team throughout the 100km - it definitely brought us closer together. You need the support of your teammates, especially when the tiredness kicks in and the dark hours seem relentless.
Our Support Crew
Our Support Crew (Ilka, Emily, Stuart and Jude) were amazing. They certainly had their challenges too - on more than one occasion they made a tent in a storm using two pieces of tarpaulin and some string! They took requests from the team and scoured villages for fish and chips, ice cream and mars bars. They were sock providers, water fillers, tea makers and general pep talk givers! We couldn't have been more appreciative.
Oxfam and the Gurkhas were there to guide, signpost, feed and generally support all of the walkers throughout the entire event. We heard on the grapevine that a team of Gurkhas ran the entire stretch in around 13 hours, doing push-ups at the finish line! We salute you.
The finish line
Our final push came at Checkpoint 10. 94km down, 6k to go. The sun was up to lift the mood, but it was sheer adrenalin that got us to the finish line after a narrow escape from an angry cow! We made it to the finish in a more than respectable 29 hours and 10 minutes. After over 30 hours of being awake, a few achy limbs and many a Compeed patch later, we had done it!