Last Desert Race, Day Two – Esperanza Videla

(first published on the Last Desert website on 5 November 2014)

Greetings from the Plancius

The second stage is over and it was a beast.

We had a to run 2.2km course – deep soft snow throughout – for just over 4h30. I completed 8 laps – the longest 17km in my life and one of my toughest desert running stages to date. It was almost impossible to run and it became just a long slog. Apparently we will have more of the same on Thursday’s Stage 3.

Still, I’m very pleased with my performance. My legs feel strong, no blisters and I’m healthy, and excited about the next two days which will be long and tough. Again it was very cold on the course, but no wind today which made a big difference compared to yesterday.

Today’s setting was even more spectacular than yesterday – on a cliff overlooking a massive bay with stunning ice capped mountains all around, and right next to a big penguin colony. Beautiful creatures, each with their personalities.

Thank you for all the email and blog messages. Feeling a bit emotional tonight, but please keep them coming. Need all the support to finish this unique running challenge.

Also remember to support my Greenpeace Africa fundraising campaign – – for a solar street lighting project in Diepsloot.

Let’s make a difference together.

Best wishes from Antarctica.



About David Barnard

This blog site covers my runs through the deserts of the world in support of social causes and campaigns dedicated to development issues in Africa. My next run is the 250km Big Red Run in Australia from 24-29 June 2017 in support of the Hippo Water Roller.
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