Better safe than sober?

24 Sep

Race abandoned after Day 8 due to fires in the desert.

Simpson Desert closed to all vehicles until at least Tuesday. Had to abandon lots of gear after 352 km to get back to Purni Bore. Spent Thursday night tentless there sleeping with rats under the stars – highlight was pair of beady eyes staring up from the bottom of honeypot. Race organisers staying out there to recover gear some time next week – tents/food/chairs/table – all sitting out in the desert until at least Tuesday. The rest of us spent last night at Mt Dare drinking our sorrows at the bar.

All runners devastated as we were all running as a team for the next 300km. No injuries, feeling fresh as a daisy.

Last thing we expected when we started was to see so much vegetation in the desert from so much rain beforehand. These fires will probably turn it back into the Red Centre. Won day 8 for SIDS in 7:19 – slow across the dunes from the massive heat, over 40 degrees. My drink bladder was nasty like hot bathwater.

Absolutely gutted, we were all so prepared to just finish. There was no way any of us wouldn’t just finish. We’d already all decided that when we got to Birdsville we’d all go have just one drink before showering. Fantastic thing to find 4 awesome new running mates. One of them reckons I’m a bloke dressed up as a girl  : )

All of us wanto to come back and do this again. All the support guys and the 4WD Club drivers have just been magic, and even the St. John’s ambos want another go.

Still, gutted.

Thanks for everyone’s support throughout. Sorry for communications not being 100% from the desert, but our 18-year-old communications guy Alex Turner has been setting up satellite dish every night and doing a great job when he’s not busy defacing my Facebook ; )

More soon – back in Sydney Tuesday and will share a bunch of pics and videos then.


11 Responses to “Better safe than sober?”

  1. suse September 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    Jane I’m so sorry, I know you’d never bail on a goal, God willing. Obviously, God not in on this one, too dangerous. So proud of what you did though, don’t think you’re off the hook!

  2. Roger Hanney September 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Just spoke to Jane by phone tonight from Alice Springs, wrote this down word for word because there’s no easy way for her to get it done out there.

  3. whippetman September 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm #


  4. orna Coombes September 25, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Well done Jane, but Norh Shore Private needs you.

  5. Rob Mason September 25, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    Ah, Jane. Bummer. Feeling for you!

  6. Cathie (Gadfly) September 25, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    So glad you are safe Jane, but bummer you didn’t all get a chance to finish. Still not sure how you can feel ‘fresh as a daisy’ after 300+km in the desert, but if anyone can – you can. Safe trip home, and safe travelling to those guys staying out there to pick up gear.

  7. Kelvin Marshall September 25, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Jane, so sorry to hear the race had to be abandoned, i guess that’s the one problem with taking on mother nature sometimes she wins :-).
    Such a gutsy effort, must have been hard knowing this would be a race you wouldn’t have an opportunity to finish
    See you at the races again soon.

  8. Lisa1979 September 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Bugger!! That must be such a disappointment. But after what happened in the Kimberly it was absolutely the right thing that you were all evacuated. Still my hero Trumper!! x

  9. Roger Hammond September 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    we have been getting emails since mid last week and we are in awe of performance in such an adventure…especially with so little forewarning that you would be doing such an incredible physical feat…..great news to hear that your body has handled the pressure and that your spirits are high despite what must be painful. Look forward to hearing the news and real shame its over before the official end. See you soon. Rog and all the crew at Northside Orthodontics

  10. bretto September 26, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    hi jane jc and i got back to newy at 4 hope you are well ,you are are a champion mate .keep in touch mate and we will do it all.


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