Extreme runner

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2007, 12:00am

I have a sprained ankle, a head full of bee stings and a cut on my neck from some stupid plant. The jungle marathon was the hardest race I have ever done. Unlike most races where there are easy days and hard days, this race just kept gnawing at you with steep hills, muddy swamps, the ever-present danger of snakes, stinging bees, ants and spiky plants. On other races, I could listen to music and run on auto-pilot. In the jungle, I needed total situational awareness of where I put my feet, my hands and where I was going. I was mentally tired every day. Just hopping over a log required a procedure because you never knew what thing could be on the other side and each day we had to climb under or over more than 50 logs

Extreme runner Derek Kwik Kwok-tsan on his seven-day race through 200km of Brazilian rainforest