On the Wild Elephant Trail

Journey's End: Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka. Picture Credit: ???? via Wikimedia Commons

Journey’s End: Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka. Picture Credit: Dschen Reinecke via Wikimedia Commons

Megan after the Bungay Marathon last year

Megan after the Bungay marathon last year

In less than 2 weeks time Bertrams‘ Megan Davies will be in Sri Lanka running in her latest adventure! She’s taken time out to tell us more …

The ‘Wild Elephant Trail’ ultra-marathon is the first ever multi-stage race to be run in Sri Lanka starting on Saturday, 7th March. It’s 210km of scenic trails in Sri Lanka over 6 days, ending with an 1860 step climb to the top of the World Heritage site, the Sigiriya Rock. The race breakdown is as follows:

  • Stage 1: 37km (23.2 miles)
  • Stage 2: 36km (22.5 miles)
  • Stage 3: 41km (25.6 miles)
  • Stage 4: 57km (35.6 miles)
  • Stage 5: 24km (15 miles)
  • Stage 6: 15km (9.4 miles)

The course is mainly on off-road tracks with partly sandy ground, gravel or forest soil. We have been advised that depending on the amount of rainfall, the tracks may be extremely muddy and that we may be required to cross some waterholes. The course is mainly flat, with just a few ascents and descents and will take us through jungles, elephant corridors, alongside canals and through local villages – the scenery should be spectacular!

The weather during the race will be very humid, with the average yearly temperature ranging from 28 to 30 °C (82.4 to 86.0 °F) – I think this will be what challenges me more than the terrain during this race.

There are some incredibly strong runners attending this race – of those I know on the competitor list, several of them have won or come second in the races they have previously taken part in. For me, this will be a scenic run. There is no expectation on position, as always, if I complete the course then I am happy!

I am raising money for Sarcoma UK during this race. Sarcoma UK is the soft tissue and bone cancer charity, which is not government-funded and relies solely on funds raised and donations. It’s a fantastic organisation that provides support to those who have been diagnosed with sarcoma and also funds much of the research that is done into finding cures for what is a very invasive and destructive disease. It’s a cause very close to my heart and I am very grateful for any donations made.

I have set up a JustGiving page, or if it’s easier you can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 by texting MDAV85 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070. All costs incurred during this event are paid for by me, so all money raised will go to the charity.

If you would like any further information on the race please visit the Wild Elephant Trail website where you can also see how I’m getting on during the week of the run!

I can’t wait to get started on this one, despite not feeling altogether ready for it. It’ll be an amazing experience!”

Good luck Megan – we look forward to seeing how you get on!

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One Response to On the Wild Elephant Trail

  1. Mark Cashmore, Chief Executive says:

    This looks like it’ll be quite an adventure. Good luck with the run.

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