Other Sport

Sandes eyes Fish River record

2011-03-14 09:30
Ryan Sandes (Craig Kolesky)
Cape Town - Not content with being crowned Champion of the 4 Deserts Racing Series after having won every stage of every Desert Race (Atacama, Sahara, Gobi and Antarctica) the legendary Sandman – Ryan Sandes – has set his sights on breaking the record for the quickest time to run the Fish River Canyon Trail in Namibia.

The record for the 84km trail run – set in one of the harshest climates and terrains – was originally set on the 13th of July 1990 by South Africans Ronnie Muhl and Bruce Matthews – both seasoned Comrades runners – in a time of 11hrs 42min. It was then beaten last by 3 Namibian locals Russell Paschke, Charlie du Toit and Coenraad Pool on the 16th of August 2003 in a time of 10hrs 54min.

Charlie du Toit, a veteran of 4 Comrades Marathons and who has a sub 7hr 30min silver medal finish to his credit, summed up this achievement by announcing that in his opinion it was harder than anything he had done before. “This canyon is not for the faint hearted and an attempt to run it should not be taken light heartedly”.

Enter the Sandman, “A few years ago I had the privilege of running part of the Fish River Canyon on one of the stages of the Racing the Planet Namibia race. The canyon is one of the most beautiful places I have seen but at the same time is one of the harshest environments I have run in. I really battled in the canyon due to the extreme heat and terrain and running in there was one of the toughest days of my athletic career. For some reason I have always wanted to go back to the Fish River Canyon,” says Sandes.

On the 14th of March Ryan will be heading up to the Fish River Canyon to attempt to break the current record. Ryan will be scouting the route for a few days with Russell Paschke and Tinus Hansen from www.africanextremepromotions.com and then attempting the record run on the 19th of March.

“I think this challenge is going to extremely tough but I can’t wait to get back into the canyon. The record attempt will be filmed by African Attachment / Wandering Fever so I will keep everyone posted on where and when you can watch it,” says Sandes.

Joining Ryan on his attempt to run the 84km trail un-aided will be doctors and scientists from the South African Sports Science Institute in Cape Town, along with a couple of enthusiastic journalists to see if they could survive even running part of the distance. Founder of Velocity Sports Lab – Ryan’s title sponsor for 2011 – Trevor McLean-Anderson will also be running part of the route with Ryan.

For more info or to follow Ryan’s record attempt please follow Ryan on his blog on www.ryansandes.com and watch footage on www.wanderingfever.com.



Pic: Craig Kolesky
 

NEXT ON SPORT24X

That sweet taste of gold!

21 minutes ago

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @04:00
  • SS4:
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • SS7:
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @06:00
  • SS5:
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.