Gobi March (Mongolia) 2019

Rob August 2019
Two years ago my Brother and Sister-in-Law bought me a book of the 25 must do races; instantly captivated I read cover to cover but particularly noted the Gobi March, a 250km, six stage ultra marathon. The landscapes of the Steppe, Gobi Desert and Orkhon Valley mixed with covering the equivalent of six marathons in six days, self supported, instantly appealed to me.
Fast forward to July 2019 and I found myself in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital, sitting in the pre-race briefing with the race director stressing the need to look out for yourself and for your fellow runners whilst the medical team drilled in the importance of calorie and electrolyte intake… This is a seriously well drilled race organisation and I started feeling that perhaps I was slightly out of place in a room packed full of seasoned ultra runners, explorers, mountaineers and even ex-olympic hopeful skiiers – too late for worrying about it too much though, the race starts tomorrow!

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