This is 679 reporting to mission control, Operation Desert Rose is complete.
The desert took everything I had. My feet look like bubble wrap with their blisters and my very obliging knee has started to give me a hard time but that doesn’t matter as the cure for this is hanging around my neck in the form of my shiny gold medal.
The last 42k were hard but we were blessed by stony terrain (except for a bitch of a 5k of sand and some huge dunes near the end), cloud cover and an earlier start. I pushed as hard as I possibly could, wishing to finish with the best time possible. A spur on was overtaking my coach at Check point 2 and finding out that I was lying in the top 20 UK girls.
But the biggest reason for pushing to the finish line was for everyone who supported me, I am humbled by the support that you have all given me to train as hard as I could and raise money for the best cause I could think of.
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!
– Rose Kingscote
“YEEEESSSSSSSSSS! That was my feeling when I crested a dune and the finish line on the 5th stage of the MdS came into view. I allowed myself a quick, premature celebration with a Chilean runner, Felipo, alongside me. But it was still a cruel 2.5 km away, across a series of small dunes, which somehow summarises the race quite nicely. It truly isn’t over until it’s over. I lost track of how many times I told myself to just keep going (or to get back to running, not walking).
The event throws a lot at each competitor: heat, dehydration, inability to eat, blisters, niggling (or more serious) injuries, lack of sleep, discomfort and, of course, the small matter of the distance to cover.
All in all the event went well for me, and to finish in the top 150 was a brilliant (and surprising) result. I struggled to eat my daytime food supplies over the last two stages and so felt drained of energy during both runs. But I was at least able to keep going, even if I wasn’t feeling great afterwards. (Apologies for the lack of an update sooner – after spending 2 hours queuing for and then getting my feet treated after finishing on Friday I just couldn’t face moving from my tent again.)
All in all I’m very happy. The MdS was a fantastic event to be a part of and anyone who finishes it, whether walking or running, deserves a serious pat on the back. That was hard.
I’m now sat in a comfortable hotel room, with a big meal inside me and my feet, whilst in bits, are temporarily almost pain free! Sunday is something of a rest day, before we fly back to London on Monday, and I intend to make the most of it. For now, the suffering is over.
Finally, I have to say a massive thank you for all the emails I received during the race. They were brilliant morale, and I’m glad that some of you enjoyed following the race online – I want to see the pictures for myself! And it’s great to know that Walking With The Wounded have received a significant amount of money on the back of the five of us running the race. I understand that they have received a lot of interest from the public as to future events they might get involved in, which is great news. Thanks again to everyone who’s been a part of that.”
– Jamie Chisholm
“Finished! final race day done thankfully, another hard day, I pushed it as hard as I could again and think that has put me around the 50s, which will make me very happy indeed. Got a medal and a hug off some French bloke at the end as well. It has been a long, tough challenge indeed and I’ve done better than I could have expected, so all the training paid off. Aside from the actual racing it has been an amazing experience. I have met some fantastic people, passed through breath taking scenery and really tested myself. Hopefully in the progress I have raised awareness for the charity as well as a good deal of cash. Just the charity fun run tomorrow which I think we’ll walk as a tent and we have a special treat tonight with a live orchestra in the desert – I’d prefer a can of beer and some real food.
Job done, thanks for all the support, see you all when I get back!”
– Adam Chapman
The race is over, but there is still time for donations. Please click on the runners’ names below and donate to support the walk.
Adam Chapman – 541
Jack Daniell – 565
Jamie Chisholm – 543
Rose Kingscote – 679
Chris Smith – 809