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The morning started off with quite a bang and I headed out quite hard as planned as I was keen to test my legs after all the prep which had been done. I felt good and opened up an early lead of about 5 min.
The risk of running alone in the dark however caught up with me and I ended up running through thick shrub which definitely was not part of the course. I saw a light shining in the distance and immediately knew I better double back as fast as possible in order to still be in the race. I caught up to the light and realised it was Roelof. What was to ensue was a race of epic proportions.
Roelof and I had a proper dog fight out there. We changed the lead for a solid 3/4 hours and it was a game of cat and mouse. We soon figured out each others strengths and I knew if I was to try pull away too soon it would be to no avail as Roelof would just catch me on whatever gnarly descent lay ahead. I was strong on the climbs and runnable sections and I chose to bide my time until it felt right to put the hammer down.
I think it was with about 10-15km to go that we came across quite a bit of jeep track. It is here where I knew I could move quickly. I broke away nervously as I did not know what lay ahead but trusted my intuition that it was now or never. Every so often I looked back to see where he was and I really stressed out when coming toward heavily technical descents as I knew Roelof could make up time on me here. I even started asking for a climb late into the race just to feel a bit safer as I knew I was strong here. This was answered late into the race with the treacherous “Harries Hill.” As much as I cursed this hill, I was thankful for it.
The last few km’s were nice and fast and I could open up my stride and move quickly. I looked once more to see if there was a chase and I saw no one. I then knew the race was mine.
Thank you to Roelof for a radical race. It is not often in an Ultra a race is so well contested. Big ups to the organisers of this awesome event. I think you are onto something here and it will be evident in it’s growth.
I’ll be back. 🙂