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Delirious West 2024 submit #2

We hit the primary assist station because the lead group or shut, I believe Phil Fowler and the ‘Malaysian Missile‘ Andrew Farmers have been forward of us at this level.  The primary assist station is an efficient distance, about 25km , and no crew are allowed so I’d not get to see Mark till Chesapeake East across the marathon mark.  We didn’t keep lengthy, a few biscuits, fill the water bottles and bladder, cup of candy tea and we have been away. Plenty of smiles , it was early within the day.


First assist station and it’s all smiles, Chesapeake West, 26km in , simply over 310km to go.

Video coming into assist station one Chesapeake West.

I at all times discover day one the toughest at Delirious and lots of runners DNF late within the day, near Mandalay or Mount Clare. I at all times really feel they’d be higher off taking just a few hours relaxation after which restarting the assault at dawn the subsequent morning. It’s unbelievable the distinction dawn makes, it reinvigorates you. I do know lots of runners push via and principally run themselves into exhaustion. I’ll point out to Shaun , the RD, that perhaps subsequent yr make Broke Inlet and Mandalay sleep stations, or at the least present a few camp beds to offer the again markers the choice for some nicely wanted relaxation.  The primary sleep station is at Walpole round 140km and I’ve by no means made it that far and I’m usually within the prime half of the sector. After I hit Mount Clare I’m exhausted and at all times stumble into my swag and a deep sleep albeit just for a few hours earlier than beginning once more at dawn. It’s solely a fast 10km to Walpole the place I’ll both have a bathe or go straight previous and begin towards the half means mark at Tree Tops.


The primary day is a combination of lined trails within the after which brutal publicity within the afternoon.

The early a part of day one is nice trails combined with some sand operating , shade and open sections. An excellent combine and the warmth is turned down as you’re nonetheless operating within the early morning. From the begin to the primary assist station it was humid however not uncomfortable.  Early on a little bit of sand however no actual elevation to speak about, an excellent begin to the occasion. The occasion will get higher day-to-day and the primary day is only a head down and get to the top sort exercise in my opinion.

There’s additionally a good bit of sand on day one , mixed with the extraordinary warmth afterward the day and day one was a problem.

Day one has some good runnable sections which is greater than could be mentioned for later within the occasion. You can even discover some good shade pre-Canine Highway assist station which presents some safety. Sadly submit Canine Highway assist station to Pingerup assist station (round 16km within the warmth of the day) is open and also you principally prepare dinner. This yr was hotter than regular with temperatures reaching 41c , uncommon for this a part of the world. I took as a lot ice as I may at Canine Highway assist station and devoured about 5 slushies. (icy poles), serving to to maintain the core temperature down albeit briefly. It was then a case of operating in Sahara Desert  like circumstances, albeit in all probability hotter,  for the subsequent two hours earlier than the oasis that’s the Pingerup assist station.

Submit Canine Highway assist station and into Pingerup is brutal, nowhere to cover from the circumstances.

I did have a second of readability on the best way to Pingerup, proven on this video beneath.  I’ll have bee a tad Delirious however you get the purpose.. I believe?

I fell three  throughout Delirious, the primary time earlier than we’d even bought to 1 kilometre and  the second time submit Canine Highway, can’t keep in mind precisely the place the third tumble was however I keep in mind it was one other mushy touchdown fortunately. The submit Canine Highway fall was extra a slide on mushy sand but it surely had filth beneath it so it regarded like I had buried myself in filth after I bought into Broke Inlet assist station. Falling on this race is a part of the expertise, when you run for practically 4 days on trails , fatigued, ultimately the bottom comes calling. An excellent path runner is aware of the right way to fall, it’s all about going with gravity and rolling away. Saying that I’ve varied wounds on my legs and arms from failing this over time however for 2024 I think about three unscheduled journeys an excellent consequence.  My good buddy Marty damage his knee coming into Broke Inlet and principally walked the remainder of the best way to the end. That my associates is fairly bloody hardcore. Supported by his associate Kat and crew, Harmful Dave, he completed in simply over 100 hours, unbelievable effort. Delirious lets to see who you actually are and what you might be made off, Marty is fabricated from metal and grit !

Pingerup assist station , manned by two of my favorite individuals. Bacon and pancakes combo, so good ! Thankyou Heath and Simone.

After Pingerup there’s a good path earlier than you hit Broke Inlet assist station round 16km later, good for 90km complete. You’re usually racing the sundown and the problem is to get to the help station and have dinner in daylight. This yr I made it and loved Mark’s spaghetti bolognaise whereas ready for Simon to return in and run the subsequent part, to Mandalay, with firm.

As you may see from the picture beneath the scenary is spectacular and it’s at all times actually quiet with simply the native birdlife breaking the silence of the day, fairly magical. I at all times take pleasure in this a part of the day and this a part of the course, you’ve gotten the cooler temperatures and there by no means appears to be any wind, completely nonetheless.  You find yourself reflecting on the day and getting ready for dinner and the cocoon of the headtorch.

Submit Pingerup and pre-Broke Highway assist station. The purpose is to eat dinner at Broke Highway in daylight earlier than beginning in direction of Mandelay.

Astrid Volzke was at Broke Inlet and captured some superior photos , so gifted. As you may see I’m fairly ‘goosed‘ by the point I arrive at Broke Inlet. It had been an extended arduous day on the workplace in sweltering circumstances. I used to be wanting ahead to dinner, a foot bathtub and a few nicely earned ‘chair time’.  Mark ushered me to our spot behind the help station. With Mark’s expertise we at all times rating one of the best spots and right this moment was no completely different, he’s a crewing black belt.

Glad to be at Broke Inlet for dinner. picture Astrid Volzke

Off got here the footwear to admire the harm of the day. Coming into this occasion I had misplaced most of my toe nails so was solely involved with blisters, up to now nothing to report albeit they didn’t look the prettiest pair of ft.  I’d seen just a few runners tape up the entrance of the Altra Olympus 5 path footwear to cease the sand however I don’t have points usually and simply empty them if I really feel a construct up of overseas materials . I put on gators however with the breathable cloth on the Altras they’re fairly ineffective. On the intense aspect when you get them moist they dry in a short time.

My ft have been destroyed, nicely soiled, however no blisters or points to speak about. picture Astrid Volzke

Sitting down at Broke Inlet assist station I used to be knackered, the day had been brutal because of the excessive warmth and I had in all probability ran too fast for the circumstances. I believe presently I used to be prime three which was uncommon for me as I usually begin slower and construct into the occasion.  I believe within the picture beneath I’m considering the subsequent two jumps between assist stations. A twenty kilometre hop to Mandalay after which one other plus twenty kilometre stretch to Mount Clare. I do know from expertise this marathon distance would take 6-8 hours as I already had over 90km, over 12 hours,  within the legs of arduous operating in excessive circumstances. It was going to be a grind and I used to be proper, even Mark’s spaghetti bolognaise couldn’t cheer me up.

Love this picture , captures the brutality of day one within the sauna. picture Astrid Volzke

What did cheer me up was a heat foot bathtub after dinner after the picture beneath reveals. That’s me after an ideal cup of candy tea and dinner, what a distinction good crewing makes to a runner.

Felt so significantly better with a foot bathtub, the sundown quick approaching. . picture Astrid Volzke

Submit Broke Inlet Simon and I stumbled off into the night time and headed in direction of Mandalay. I had introduced a coupe of audible books for the night time operating as you are likely to lose your self within the cocoon headtorch gentle and an honest guide could make the time, and distance, disappear quicker. Sadly for me I’d made the rookie error of not downloading both guide and with no web entry for a lot of hours I used to be decreased to listening to previous downloaded books. It was time to return to an previous favorite of mine, Inexperienced Mild by Matthew McConaughey. I’d listened to the entire guide whereas I’d ran the Unreasonable East in June 2022 but it surely was so good a second hear was no situation, albeit you already know what’s coming after all.

Funnily sufficient I used to be a bit disoriented beginning the Mandalay leg and felt myself leaning to my left and having to proper myself earlier than repeating the entire course of. I suspected vertigo however as I’d by no means had this situation earlier than I wasn’t certain. In the long run I made a decision I used to be simply fatigued, beneath hydrated  and cooked from the times adventures and simply tried to focus on staying upright. Simon appeared to be struggling the identical downside and was wobbling all around the observe in entrance of me. This continued till he introduced he wanted a mud nap as he had skilled this in earlier races, I used to be okay to proceed so agreed to fulfill him in Mandalay.

Sundown on day one and a few respite from the Sahara like circumstances.

Coming into Mandalay later than deliberate and nonetheless in a podium place. Simon was fairly a means behind and Phil got here in however wished to sleep so I used to be pushed out of the help station onto the seaside alone. This was not excellent. Mandalay  to Mount Clare is the worst leg of the entire occasion, in my opinion,  because of the elevation, terrain and also you’re trying it at your lowest ebb.  I wished to attend for Simon however Mark insisted I’m going on, generally having a crew could be a curse. It didn’t let me down and this leg was as dangerous as I had remembered from earlier years albeit I had by no means ran it alone earlier than.  Don’t get me unsuitable I benefit from the peace and solitude of night time operating alone however I additionally take pleasure in firm, it does make time and distance disappear faster.

Leaving Mandalay onto the seaside, briefly, earlier than heading inland to Mount Clare; I used to be not comfortable.

There’s a small part of seaside earlier than you’re taking a left and head again onto the path and in direction of Mount Clare. Subsequent yr I’m decided to run this contemporary reasonably than shifting  like an additional from the ‘strolling lifeless’, I simply want to influence Mark to arrange the swag and let me sleep?

A brand new bench which usually has unbelievable views of the shoreline, not a lot at the hours of darkness ?

Mandalay seaside to Mount Clare examined me and distance dragged whereas time sped up, how does that occur ? I’d deliberate to succeed in Mount Clare by 2am however was wanting like 3am can be extra probably , or later. The terrain is brutal with many climbs and stairs that go on for ever, stairway to heaven on steroids.  The legs have been additionally beginning to complain, humorous that, and I used to be going via fisiocrem shortly. When you’ve by no means used fisiocrem in occasions you should begin, it simply does what it says on the tube, reinvigorates drained muscle tissue. I’ve began utilizing fisiocrem after each run and it had made a giant distinction in my restoration, unbelievable product.  ( )

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A younger Kangaroo providing encouragement. I noticed rather a lot larger ones !
Mandalay to Mount Clare is unforgiving, the toughest 21km of the occasion in my opinion as you run it canine drained and there are such a lot of ‘elevation challenges.’
After this suspension bridge its the ultimate climb to Mount Clare the place my swag is ready and two hours sleep.

The suspension bridge is an indication the ultimate climb is about to begin and it’s a critical assault. Extremely steep however fortunately fairly brief, all issues being relative. You then have a kilometre or two of highway earlier than you stumble into the help station and fall into your swag for a nicely earned two hours sleep. Belief me, that swag seems like a 5 star resort and also you’re asleep earlier than your head  touches the pillow, it’s an unbelievable feeling.

Proper, that’s submit#2 completed and we’re solely into day two, this weblog could take longer than the race itself…

fisiocrem ( ) is simply bloody good and does precisely what it says it does , it simply will get the key muscle teams shifting once more. I exploit this extensively in direction of the top of the race when my quads are hammered.  It actually makes a distinction and permits me to maneuver again via the gears in direction of the top of an occasion when most runners are stumbling residence.

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