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John's MdS Stats Stage 5

Posted by Sean Young on 16-Apr-2016 10:54:50
John's daughter Helen says "The Marathon des Sables is ranked by the Discovery Channel as the toughest footrace on earth. John Nicola is ranked by the Nicola Family as the toughest man on earth! Over 250km's running through the desert my dad has now completed his last ultra marathon doing us proud running the final timed section (42.2km) in 6hrs 25minutes. A charity run tomorrow with all the other competitors will complete his incredible journey! Here is a video of him showing his love to everyone after he passes the finish line!"

Click here to see John crossing the finish line. 

 John's stats to date

Position : 272

 Progress so far

   Completion Time Average kms/hr
Total  42H26'07  5.61
Stage 5  6H15'54  6.70 
Stage 4  15H25'59  5.44
Stage 3  6H57'17  5.32
Stage 2  7H28'26  5.49
Stage 1  6H18'31  5.39

John will be checking his messages daily so we urge you to send John words of encouragement to lift his spirits!

Click the below link - John is number 511.



Stage 5 - 15/04/2016 : 42.2 kmphoca_thumb_l_vc-01-1-435-bassedef.jpg

"Hi all, marathon stage done and dusted, again just broke it down into sections, up and down those dunes, rocky plains, it never ends. The thought of the race stage finishing today with only the charity stage tomorrow was a major incentive to get into a decent shuffle to the finish. Palate fatigue has set in badly, over all my foods but of course they sustained me thru the week.

Your foot prayers have worked, no new blisters, life wearing a pack for a week never gets easy, happy to retire this one after tomorrows leg. All I can say is my prep work got me thru, my team of medics,coach, Pilates, You Yang runs with Nic and Denise all made it a better experience, can't beat training simulation, even those long boring sand runs.

I do feel a sense of achievement considering our tough year, all your supportive messages have been my tail wind thru the desert, my gratitude to u all. For my family,each step was taken with u in my thoughts. Better days ahead for all. 


See u soon.
Regards John"

The MdS Links:

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/JohnNicolaMDS2016/

Track John Live : http://live.marathondessables.com/

Send John Messages :  http://www.marathondessables.com/en/live/write-to-a-competitor.html

Webcam : http://www.marathondessables.com/en/live/live-webcam.html 

Topics: Marathon Des Sables



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