It was another great year for the Namibia ultra and marathon races – http://www.acrossthedivide.com/namibia-ultra In total there were 30 competitors who took part in this ultimate endurance challenge as temperatures reached 44°c. The ultra race covers 126km of the Namibia desert, pushing competitors to their limits as they pass through vast volcanic plains, striking mountains and the Messum Crater, in just 24 hours.
Tom Adams was back for a second year to try and win the Ultra after coming in a very close second in 2009, he smashed the course record by 3 hours. Whilst Ali O’Donovan having won the marathon distance race last year felt it was time to conquer the ultra and came in an impressive 3rd the quickest time for a female ever!
Marketing Manager at Across the Divide, Julie Thomas says, “Everyone did incredibly well in this year’s race, we had some fantastic times and records were smashed. The extreme heat made conditions exceptionally tough but everyone was in high spirits”
ULTRA MARATHON – 126km in 24 hours
- Thomas Adams, 32 from London, smashed the course record coming in at 14H 01min.
- Canadian Alex Ikonikov, 41, came in second in another great time of 15H 47min
- With the first female Ali O’Donovan, 28 from Herts, coming in third in 18H 11min a course record for a female competitor.
MARTHON DISTANCE – 42km in 24 hours
Marathon runners also set new course record.
- Angela Landers, 28 from Washington USA, came in first over the line in 5H 6min
- Ryan Buck, 30 from Michigan USA, came second in 6H 34min
- Helen Goodall from Plymouth and Judith Leslie from Conwy both in their early 50’s came in joint third in 7H 11min
We have had some amazing comments here are just a few…..
This is the best run event of its kind I have ever experienced. A very tight team of highly organised, highly motivated and thoroughly professional leaders who made the event so enjoyable and safe. Well done to all your team for a truly great experience. John Peck, from Essex, 2010 competitor.
Thank you for an amazing week. The organisation was great and I fear no other race in my future will love up to this one in Namibia. Best wishes. Angela Landers, from Washington USA, 2010 competitor
Absolutely amazing experience thanks to the support from a great team. I could not have picked a better company or destination for my first ultra marathon.. It was the hardest but most wonderful challenge I have done and I can’t believe I am already planning my next – I only wonder why it took me so long before I did my first. Thank you all very much Tanya Irvine, from London, 2010 competitor.
Full race results can be found here
Images are available
Book now for 2011 – http://www.acrossthedivide.com/namibia-ultra