Jan 6, 2012

Distance today = 55.69 km; Total distance = 306.88 km; Location = Outram –  45 51′ 10.3″ S, 170 14′ 28.7″ E; Start time = 0828, Finish time = 1647.

What a day! Huge hills, with a total ascent of 838 metres, but more telling was the amount of descending – about 1000 metres of it. It has taken its toll on my quads, and I’m sure they’ll be sore in the morning, but that’s to be expected. The main thing is I have no injuries.

That’s two big days in a row now. Yesterday was 59.73 km and today was 55.69 km. I wasn’t going to do that much on either day, but things just panned out that way. At least I’ve been viewing fantastic scenery, with great gorges and valleys, punctuated by rugged hills and mountains. And I had a fantastic burger for lunch today at Clark’s Junction Hotel. I would recommend the place to anyone travelling between Dunedin and Middlemarch. And a top bloke serving too. I also finished with a great chocolate milkshake at Outram.

I am reaching a few milestones. Today I passed 290 km – why is that significant? Well, it represents my first 1% of the trip (total of 29,000 km), and it’s only taken five full days of running, with a couple of less than half  a day. I’ve now totalled 306.88 km. Also, tomorrow I will reach the most southerly point of the entire run, just before Dunedin.

Thanks to the Whitehorse Hotel in Becks and the Strath Taieri Hotel in Middlemarch for free accommodation in recent days. It’s greatly appreciated. Thank you also to Gail at the Strath Taieri for the donation.

And the support crew have been superb too. Without them I’d not be able to do this sort of mileage. Has there ever been a better support crew for a world run? I think not!

Finally, we’ve had heaps of enquiries on the web site from all over the world. This is fantastic. The support crew have been working on replying to as many as possible, but please don’t be offended if we don’t get back to you. At some point it simply becomes impossible to reply to everyone.