Because all fairy tales have a villain and everything turns out to be a little apt… But more about this in due course- this tale is just beginning! It was a tale with many players, from the king (sometimes good, sometimes bad, but we’ll call him Darron) and his lovely Queen Anita, to knights in shining armour (we’ll call them seconds and marshalls), to jesters (known in other circles as cartographers), to sages (these’ll be the locals) and lastly the minions (who could this be other than the teams?). This is the tale of Here be Dragons.
Considering that this time last week we were bashing through the bushes under the blazing Swazi sun, I think it is only fitting that this race gets a rousing send-off – since we didn’t get to celebrate at the event.
This ‘report’ was written by Nick Cowley for the newsletter of his running club, Varsity Kudus, in an attempt to “woo my hardcore fanatical road-running clubmates into trying alternative stuff like AR’s”.
Browse any article, book or web resource on the sport of adventure racing and you’ll find the word ‘team’ spread throughout: teams, teammates, teamwork, team skills, team dynamics. You’ll also find other words like communication, compatible, together and success.
Thanks to everyone for your support of Team Red Ants and to the organisers, thanks for making us K@K off like never before. Check out the attached Google earth file to see what went done in Swaziland over this past weekend. Race legs and distances broken down below
If at prize giving, Darron Raw told us that, he designed the last Swazi to break us, to push us where we have never gone before and to help us to eliminate any boundaries we had in your minds of what we were capable of, then I would have given him a good hand shake and said: ‘Job very well done!’.
Team Senseless Killers (no mass-murderous intent implied) – an amalgamation of Team Senseless (Andrew Wiggett and Steven Yates) and Team Killers (named after the band ‘The Killers’: Robert Crichton and Amy Witherden) – was privileged to partake in the tenth and last Swazi Extreme, held from August 6 to August 8 (August 9 for some), 2010.