Daryl Farmer's Brazil Jungle Marathon Report
written by Monty Halls (Senior)
Daryl's extraordinary jungle marathon report follows. Along with his care, it reflects the remarkable application and dedication which the SCCT much admires. Yet again, Daryl, thanks very much - - as you know, we are trying to make that effort to conserve and improve the marine biodiversity which is of concern to both of us.
I make no apologies for reproducing Daryl's report below in full !!
From: Daryl Farmer
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:40 PM
Subject: jungle marathon
A brief report from the jungle marathon!
Feet are legs are very swollen, I've got more blisters than toes, a few less toe nails, lots of bites, a torn muscles in my shoulder, an infection on my side from where my pack was rubbing while I was running and lots of cuts and bruises from the razor grass, hidden tree stumps in the swamps etc, but other than that I'm fine.
An incredible experience - sleeping in a hammock in the middle of the rainforest for a week listening to howler monkeys, running through active jaguar territory and smelling their scent while you are running and also hearing a jaguar cub warning us off, seeing neon blue butterflies the size of your hand which lead the way through the trails, covering 89km on the long stage which involved running deep in the jungle on my own in the middle of the night which my headtorch picking out whip scorpions, tarantulas, the strangest birds I've ever seen, and lots of sets of eyes watching me from the trees and then plunging into the amazon river with my full pack in pitch darkness and swimming 100 metres to the glowstick course marker on the other side while not knowing what was lurking in the deep dark water below me, these are just some of the memories which will stick with me forever.
The race itself is the hardest task I've ever set myself, constantly dipping in and out of heat exhaustion and critical core body temperature rises, drinking between 20 and 25 litres of water a day just to keep hydrated, the most killer hills I've ever seen, tree roots and stumps trying to trip you with every step, running with wet feet which causes the most horrendous blisters I've ever suffered, seeing other less fortunate runners collapsing in front of you due to heat exhaustion which is very un-nerving, and 40 - 45 degree heat with 95% humidity all add up to make this a very demanding event both phsysically and mentally.
The runners in this event are all experienced athletes so to have finished in 28th overall and 15th placed Brit from around 100 starters was way beyond my expectations ( especially as I got lost for 3 hours on day 3!)
It was fantastic to get home and see that my sponsorship target is already well within my sights now, over £3000 already with only 500 ish miles covered so far so hopefully we'll easily achieve the £5000 target which I originally set myself.
I look forward to hearing about your discussions,