01 Dec ‘Life is not about the amount of breaths we take, but the moments that take your breath away.’
And just like that, it was over.
Five wonderful days of running through the most incredible landscape, meeting beautiful people and experiencing the joys of ultra running at their most spectacular, painful and rewarding.
But before we reach the finish line, let’s quickly return to the start of day four of our Capital to Country Multi-Day Ultra Marathon.
It may have been a shorter, 16-mile leg but it came with plenty of climbing, as our runners left the tranquillity of our overnight riverside camp to haul themselves up to the top of a path which supplied spectacular views of the river valley below.
Another lengthy climb following, revealing some mind-blowing scenery, before our ultra-marathoners descended back down to the river where they ran across a series of stepping stones and onto the opposite bank.
The winding route took them alongside the main road, up another long climb and finally to the much-welcome surrounds of ‘Lama Land’ village, our home for both day four and five.
Our delightful hosts greeted us with garlands of flowers and an array of prayer flags and flower bowls.
The day four honours went to Michael, who won home despite the many hills, while Tarne consolidated his overall lead.
And so, all good things must come to an end – but what an end we had with day five taking in the final 26-mile stage.
First across the line was Tarne, confirming his overall victory, with all of our magnificent seven runners finishing in the daylight to be met with music from a local band, complete with the world’s longest horn.
After a series of presentations, the runners enjoyed a delicious, home-cooked Nepalese meal and some well-earned beers.
It’s safe to say it has been an epic week. Life is not about the amount of breaths we take, but the moments that take your breath away.
We have all had our breath taken away at some point this week.
It has been an absolute delight to deliver this first event with our amazing Nepalese team, and we can’t wait to return in 2024 to do it all over again.