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Foster's UTD160 a step into the unknown
Underberg - Seasoned adventure racer Rhys Foster will be running into
unchartered territory as he prepares for his first 100 Miler at the 2018
Ultra-Trail DrakensbergŪ starting at the Lesotho border on Friday 27
The 19 consecutive Non-Stop Dusi veteran's relationship with Running Man
Adventures' Spurgeon Flemington goes back to their school days and when
explaining why he is taking on this immense challenge, he was quick to
mention his support for what the event is all about.
"I think it's just complete stupidity!" he quipped initially. "I did the
UTD100 last year and it was such an incredible event that I knew I
wanted to get involved and support Spurg and Matt (Goode) because they
put on such a great event.
"The impact that their events have on the conservation and the support
of KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife and the Wildlife Act is incredible and it's
another great reason to get behind their events.
"It's also a new test for my body and how far I can push myself to try
and achieve new feats."
Navigatingthrough the Southern Drakensberg and Lesotho for over 24 hours
is something that the vast majority of people would not even attempt, so
being a part of an elite club might drive Foster to the finish line.
"The dedication to training and the help that Christian Greyling has
given me throughout my preparation has been incredible and I never
thought that I would ever do something like running 160km through the
"I have covered over 1300km in preparation for this so now I just have
to avoid getting sick!" he joked.
Running through the night comes with its own challenges, but running at
altitudes of over 3000m about sea level meansw that managing your body
for over 24 hours is crucial, an element that Foster is not taking
"I have to make sure that I look after myself throughout, from my
nutrition to my feet to managing the nausea factor that can come from
running at such high altitude.
"We had a training camp in Lesotho a while ago so I know what to expect
and you just cannot believe the untouched beauty of the country.
"It's completely raw mountain running and it is something that you will
always appreciate," he added.
All runners set goals before they take on a challenge and Foster is
hoping that he can complete the race before sunset on Saturday, having
started at 12pm on Friday.
"My coach and I believe that I can do it in 30 hours which means that I
will only spend one night out on the route.
"I would be really happy with that but the first goal is to get across
the line and finish the race!
"To my knowledge I am probably going to be the heaviest guy in the race
weighing between 95kg and 100kg so I think Spurg and Matt need to
introduce a buffalo or eland category for the heavy guys!" Foster
mentioned light heartedly.
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Seasoned adventure racer Rhys
Foster will be taking on his first 100 Miler when he lines up for the
UTD160, the flagship event of the Ultra-TrailŪ Drakensberg starting on
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