Sandra and Aurore took on Racing the Planet: Nepal, to honour Dougie Dalzell and to raise money for the projects and the men for whom he cared so much.
With your generosity and encouragement, we far exceeded our target and raised in excess of £22,000 for The Lt. Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust. Every penny of this amount will do so much good for so many.
As to race news: Aurore completed the entire grueling 211k/131 mile course. Sandra was disqualified for missing a checkpoint by 10 minutes, but continued to battle on as an untimed competitor.
Neither of us could have prepared ourselves for the challenges of the terrain (the hardest Racing the Planet event to date the course director gleefully announced at the first 6am competitor briefing!!), but looking back we sure as hell would have spent more time on the Stairmaster….
Sandra's personal favorite was losing the skin on both shoulders from her 25lb backpack. Aurore's was reaching camp at 7am after the 24 hour “long march” so delirious that she couldn’t sleep for the next 24!
Racing the Planet was undoubtedly the toughest, but also one of the most rewarding undertakings of our lives. We left Nepal with a true sense of accomplishment, a host of new friends and an undying appreciation for hot showers.
Without Dougie watching over us, and your support, we would never have made it.
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With love and gratitude –
Sandra & Aurore
P.S. Only 2 toenails of 20 lost to the race..
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