Jungle Ultra 2018 – Stage Four

In a word… mud.

7th June, 2018

If we were to ask the runners to sum up today’s stage in one word you’d likely be the recipient of a lot of expletives.  Tell them to sum it up in one word without swearing, then most would likely say mud, some would say ‘hills’ and the rest would go back to swearing anyway.  Press them for a while though and they’ll all tell you how beautiful the stage is.

We know it is.  That’s why we pit them against it knowing that the near vertical muddy slopes and boiling humidity are all worth it.  Just.

It’s a short stage, that’s why call it The Lull.  Look at the numbers and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s the easiest stage.  In fact, we’d rate it as one of the hardest on any of our races.  It is a relentless repetition of climb and descent through chockingly hot and fiendishly technical terrain.

This year the rains earlier in the week churned it into an even tougher affair and the runners suffered accordingly.  All bore it with a smile though and emerged from the melee in good spirits, buoyed by the stunning scenery and the knowledge that they have only one stage remaining.

Despite the ordeal the course claimed only one more scalp today.  Ben North was escorted out of the race by the medics.  His condition isn’t serious, he’s up and about and helping out the other runners, his legs just couldn’t be convinced to carry him anymore.

Only 24 of the runners beat the cut-off at CP3 allowing them to take on the full course with it’s King of the Hill stage.

All other runners now count as ‘short course finishers’ and will receive the medal they deserve for their efforts.

Jamie Bromfield put in another huge effort today and left it all on the course.  He’s opened up a big lead now over Pete Liggins and Sean Budden.  Simon Dicks had a storming day and took second, seemingly loving the rough terrain.  Mark Collins also had his stage of the race so far.

Carolin Botterill remains in the lead in the women’s race by over 15 minutes and may well round off her 4th trip through the jungle with a win.

Tomorrow is the Long one.  The runners will be up at not long after 3am local time to prepare.  They’re nearly there.  But they’ve got a long way to go.

NameStage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4OVERALL 
Jamie Bromfield04:03:41
04:10:00
04:25
05:34
18:13:24
Peter Liggins
03:45:49
04:29:00
05:00
06:31
19:46:38
Sean Budden
04:09:49
04:14:00
04:58
06:31
19:53:55
Simon Davies
04:01:58
04:36:00
05:40
07:09:1821:27:36
Simon Dicks
05:04:41
05:01:00
06:13
06:11
22:29:42
Chris Moore
04:43:18
05:07:00
05:35
07:20
22:45:33
Craig Williams
04:27:31
04:45:00
05:45
08:10
23:07:41
Sven Franke
04:46:01
05:20:00
06:01
07:10
23:18:00
Roar Storm
04:51:08
05:46:00
05:58
06:52
23:27:23
Martin Hansen
04:51:08
05:46:0005:5806:5223:27:23
Simon Jones
05:16:03
05:37:00
06:10:5806:45
23:49:46
Douglas Jones
04:10:00
05:25:0005:55
08:46
24:16:34
Mark Collins
05:34:41
04:46:00
07:51
06:39
24:51:51
Peter Banks
05:09:41
05:48:00
06:26
07:40
25:04:09
Gordan Robinson
05:25:01
05:52:00
06:26
07:40
25:23:29
Alex Thomson
05:08:15
05:52:00
06:36
08:11
25:48:28
Keith Nolan
04:49:22
06:21:00
06:43
09:05
26:58:56
Christian Hulme
04:47:18
06:27:00
07:08
08:46
27:08:59
Nick Hedgeley
04:47:18
06:27:00
07:08
08:46
27:08:59
Carolin Botterill
05:27:05
06:21:00
07:03
08:20
27:11:48
Lucie Luft
05:54:01
05:40:00
06:39
09:15
27:28:59
Derrick Khan
06:34:00
07:22:00
07:18
08:50
30:05:38
Barbara Jones
05:34:30
07:08:00
09:17
09:41
31:40:46
Phillip March
06:39:00
07:44:00
11:09
09:15
34:47:58
Ben North08:02:09
07:38:00
08:27
DNF
Dan North08:02:15
DNF
Daniel ReevesDNF
Ann Evans
07:14:10
07:32:00
09:07
Short Course
Short Course
Anthony Hyde
04:23:45
06:41:00
06:30
Short Course
Short Course
Anthony Sheridan
08:38:00
09:17:00
09:07
Short Course
Short Course
Brad Carson
08:01:30
08:19:00
09:20
Short Course
Short Course
Calvin Barnard
06:34:00
07:44:00
10:24
Short Course
Short Course
Dietmar Rosenau
05:54:01
06:48:00
07:20
Short Course
Short Course
Hiro Takayama
09:51:00
11:12:00
10:49
Short Course
Short Course
Jacqui Burke
06:37:19
07:18:00
08:25
Short Course
Short Course
Jon Howard
06:39:15
08:11:00
07:51
Short Course
Short Course
Juan Jordan
07:53:11
10:25:00
Short Course
Short Course
Short Course
Lee Quinn
05:16:03
05:37:00
05:57
Short Course
Short Course
Lewis Remsey
05:34:41
06:53:00
09:17
Short Course
Short Course
Mark Entwistle
07:53:11
08:48:00
08:27
Short Course
Short Course
Paul Harris
04:49:22
05:33:00
06:13
Short Course
Short Course
Pete Ryan
06:39:15
08:11:00
Short Course
Short Course
Short Course
Peter Godbehere
05:51:00
06:25:00
06:49:21
Short Course
Short Course
Sallyann Smith
08:38:00
09:50:00
Short Course
Short Course
Short Course
Sarah Draper
07:14:10
07:32:00
09:07
Short Course
Short Course
Takashi Okada
09:51:00
11:12:00
10:59
Short Course
Short Course
Tia Beckman
06:08:12
07:22:00
09:07
Short Course
Short Course
Tyrone Storer
07:14:00
07:19:00
08:27:10
Short Course
Short Course
Yoshinari Ito
08:16:00
09:50:00
08:42:40
Short CourseShort Course
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