Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun® 2016 Day 4

Day 4 – The long one. Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun® 2016

Sho! 49km’s later, almost 12 hours of running for some, by far the longest route but really striking scenery and incredible to see some large game along the way.

The distance started on the South African side where the runners jogged down to the boat to do an undesignated river crossing into Namibia. The start arch was set up on the Namibian side and their time started from here.

Off along the Orange river and then a slog up the wash on sandy, loose ground.

Slightly up into a more technical section heading into the ACP and then up to a saddle. From here it is simply the most magical experience completely surrounded by mountains, a few scattered shrubs and possibly if you were lucky some game. It was so spectacular that you almost didn’t want to run, you just want to stop and absorb your surroundings.

A lengthy downhill continues into the Fish River Canyon.

The scenery in the canyon was once again grand but the ground under foot was soft and sandy and in general just difficult to run on. It was difficult to get into a stride as the terrain was constantly changing. Soft and sandy, then rough and tough then through the river and back to sand again.

The last stretch into the camp could have been difficult to find if you didn’t swap sides of the river and so some runners did a few hundred metres extra before realising their error, splashing across the Fish river and coming in through the finish arch in reverse.

Magda and her team sorted us out with a delicious beef stew and Johan’s team worked hard to set up a pool and hot showers for us in the wilderness! 

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