Ice Desert Jungle Ultra Series – Simons Story
“This week I failed to complete the Desert Ultra – the final race in the Ice Desert Jungle Ultra series I’ve been trying to run this year in aid of Rainbows Children’s Hospice.
I put absolutely everything I had into training and preparing for this last race and I felt strong and ready on the start line of day one. I’m beyond gutted to have failed.
I felt great for the first 20 miles and was enjoying the running and the incredible scenery. At check-point 3 I took on some fluids and instantly started vomiting. I carried on another 7 miles to check-point 4 but was throwing-up every time I took even a sip of water. The medics kept me at the final check-point for a couple of hours until I stopped vomiting and managed to keep a little water down. I managed to get back on my feet, compete the final 6 miles and was confident I could make a recovery for the next day.
I started day two still unable to eat or drink. I started the stage but it took me 4 hours to walk just the first 10 miles vomiting every time I took just the smallest sip of water. I was determined to finish but if you can’t drink in the desert environment things aren’t going to end very well. Eventually I spoke with the race director and medical team and I took one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made and I quit.
After being withdrawn from the race I decided to stay on and help the crew. I’m so glad I made that choice. All week I’ve been filling-up water bottles, helping the Medics at check-points and even running alongside some of the athletes for a few kilometers to keep them company at the end of each stage. It’s been so rewarding to see a little of what goes on behind the scenes in a race like this and play some very small part in helping the other competitors with their race.
In all the races I’ve done I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a close-knit group of runners. Despite my personal disappointment it’s been awesome to spend the week with all of you. I’ve made some lifelong friends and memories that will stay with me forever.
Thanks once again to everyone that’s donated their time, energy and money to support me during this last race. I’m so sorry I’ve let you down and wasn’t able to get it over the line on this occasion.
I’m already signed-up for next year’s event. I’m coming back to beat this race and get the Ice Desert Challenge done” 👊🏻