February 26, 2018

As many of you will already know, Tanya and I are on our way to participate in the 6633 Arctic Ultra. This race was Tanya's choice, and in April 2017, Tanya and I visited Martin Like and his team in Brecon. The aim of the visit was for us to learn as much as we could,...

September 11, 2017

Week one of our 6633 Arctic Ultra training went well with nine training sessions spread over six days. We trained for a total of 12-hours with two 3-hour sessions back to back. On top of the distance training we had a VO2max assessment and two interval training session...

June 13, 2017

Posting 1 – A question of time

Tanya and I thank you for joining us on our 6633 Ultra journey. We will endeavor to post an update about our journey, our preparation, and even some general thoughts every second week. We invite you to comment on our post, and to give us y...

June 13, 2017

Here is the second posting of our 6633 Arctic Ultra preparation as promised.

Things hadn’t been great this past week or so with both Tanya and I taking it easy, the cause of this is that we both contacted a chest cold. We see the positive in this as we have not had the...

May 23, 2016

 A cold start to the Karoo Kopie X-ing, Tanya and I (Source: Willem Avenant)



“Life has taken me on journeys that I didn't care to take. Life has also brought me back to exactly where I need to be”

(Angel Laney Sutton)



During late April 2016, my angel Tanya and I...

May 29, 2015

Tanya and I during our kit and medical inspection day.

Source: Leigh Michelmore  


Besides the story of our amazing adventure there is the post-race reflection on (a) what we did right, and (2) what Tanya and I will change.


(1) What did we do right?



May 27, 2015

Day 6: 42.2km, “the road is long with many a winding on”



“It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop”




During the early hours of the morning a sand-storm of biblical proportions hit the bivouac and by the time we eventually got up everythin...

May 26, 2015


Day 4/5: 91.7km, everything you can imagine, heat, sun, sand, jebel, dunes, and everything else



“The only true wisdom lives far from mankind, out in the great loneliness, and can be reached only through suffering”

Igjugarjuk, Caribou Eskimo Shaman


Tent 172 getting rea...

May 25, 2015


Day 1: 36.2km – a small Jebel, three sets of dunes and many rocky planes



“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves” (Andre Gide)



We assembled at about 08:00am as instructed to form the customary race number which...

May 24, 2015

The 30th Marathon des Sables was “more hellish than hell”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes – the Guardian 17 April 2015


The Spirit of Adventure


Gandalf:               “You’ll have a tale or two to tell of your own when you come back…”...

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