Runners gear up for tough competition

FORTY-nine runners are ready to participate in the Vodafone Lost Ultra Marathon which starts with the first stage today.

The 200km event is the South Pacific’s first ultramarathon.

Kristina Madsen is the lone runner from Denmark to drop out because of flu but will be cheering her fellow athletes on.

The runners camped near the start line close to Yaqara near Togovere Village in Ra.

Marathon runners Kennol Narayan and Daniell Cowley tested the first part of Stage One yesterday and believe that they are ready for the ultra-distance runners.

Mana Sport Supplements have given Mana Whey protein and glutamine and many runners have put their hands up to try them over the next few days. We look forward to their feedback in a few days’ time after all they are in the land of the brave.

Some of the tracks are inaccessible by vehicles and drinking water is being carted by guides from the communities, horses and tractors to checkpoints along the route.

Stage One starts at 7am and will be 35km kilometres to Raviravi Village.

The global village of runners are backed by a global village of volunteers who will be working hand in hand with villagers from across the Suncoast to Sigatoka when the ultramarathon ends on Sunday April 8.

And how can sevens rugby be left out from the whole Fijian experience when they are in the home town of the Olympic gold medal winners. We have Joji Tamani a former Japan’s sevens player who played at So Kon Po providing all the insights.

Derrick Cleland one of Australian volunteers, shared the best ever brownies he baked from a two generation recipe.

You can follow them on facebook @LostIslandUltra.

* Josephine Prasad is the organising committee media and communications adviser. She will bring us regular columns during the duration of the ultramarathon.