thembinkosi (thembi) sojola of south africa did not make it back.

he wont bring back the gold coin.

just a silver coin and a shiny new south african record of 55 hours.


a close second behind the problem of heat on the trail is the dust.

all those footsteps have turned the trail surface into a fine powder

which floats in the air like a dry fog.

3 more hours remain until the race moves back to the road

and there are a half dozen runners playing hide and seek with the whistle.

among them are some of the runners with the strongest credentials.

with all the different approaches it can be difficult to distinguish between distress and intention….


i can take comfort in one thing.

i am almost certain that we are over halfway done…