Jungle Ultra 2019 Race Report – Stage Four

It’s impossible to maintain a consistent pace on Stage Four and runners commonly spend almost as much time falling over as moving forward.

6th June, 2019

After the seemingly never-ending rain during the first half of the race, there was a lot of trepidation among both the race team and the runners about what the conditions on Stage Four would be like.  We needn’t have worried.  The conditions today were perfect.

After a short shower in the early hours of the morning dissipated as the sun rose, and for the rest of the day the sun shone.  This kept the water levels low enough to pass safely on the rafts and boats we draft in to ferry people over the widest rivers.  That’s not to say that the stage was easy.  Even in the most favourable conditions stage four is mud-slicked, humid and strewn with steep climbs and technical terrain.

It’s impossible to maintain a consistent pace on this terrain and runners commonly spend almost as much time falling over as moving forward.  It can be mind-bending because all the runners’ calculations about how long it will take to cover the distances between checkpoints go out of the window as the scramble their way through to mire.  There are a lot of beautiful sights along the way though, plenty enough to reward anyone who remembers to look around from time to time.  This is the jungle they signed up for.

It’s been a mix of emotions at the finish line.  Plenty of people described it as amazing, one very experienced runner described it as the hardest stage of any race they’d ever done, and a few were driven to tears by the day.

Unfortunately, Sharon Dick, Christine Jahn, Adam Brown and Jakub Jasinski weren’t on the start line this morning due to a variety of minor ailments, but they at camp among the runners and sharing in the adventure in any way they can.  During the day, Susantiningsih Szefler, Hiro Takayama and Takashi Okada weren’t able to finish the stage today and were brought back to camp by boat.  They may take to the line in the morning, but this will be confirmed after they’ve had a sleep.

Unsurprisingly, Martin Lambertsen took his 4th stage win in a row.  If anything he seems to be getting stronger day by day.  Frode Lein took second position again despite some stomach issues limiting his calorie intake over the last couple of days.  Mael Jouan of France took third position again and now sits 28 minutes behind Frode.  This may sound a lot, but over the long stage it’s a gap which could definitely be closed.  Hilary Clinton continues to be the dominant female runner taking first place today and lying in 7th overall.  She is now the only female runner on the leaderboard as the rest took the short course to the finish line today.

Tomorrow the runners will need to scrape themselves out of their hammocks around 3:30am to be ready to run at 4:30 (10:30am UTC).  They’ll then take on a stage which has a little bit of everything they’ve had to face so far.  Though, with luck, not the rain.

 LEADERBOARD         
POSITIONFirst NameSurnameRace NumberNationalityStage OneStage TwoStage ThreeStage FourTotalDifference
1MartinLambertsen5Danish03:58:5104:36:2204:52:3906:01:1319:29:05
2FrodeLein54Norwiegan04:10:5404:57:1005:51:4506:39:2021:39:092:10:04
3MaelJouan9French04:59:0705:02:5905:04:5007:00:0522:07:010:27:52
4KatsushigeHoshino40Japanese05:27:2505:11:5506:07:2007:17:3524:04:151:57:14
5MihályBlaskò37Hungarian05:04:2005:40:3006:05:3507:27:2824:17:530:13:38
6TakaoKitada46Japanese05:47:4605:05:0006:11:4007:50:2724:54:530:37:00
7HilaryClinton35British04:59:1905:52:5206:13:5508:16:1625:22:220:27:29
8AlexanderLinkenbach33German05:58:2006:11:1006:34:2507:29:5026:13:450:51:23
9SimonBushby2British05:37:0006:01:1206:31:0208:23:4226:32:560:19:11
10JohnO'Sullivan48Irish05:14:3505:24:0506:56:1008:58:1626:33:060:00:10
11RafaelLochowski16German05:35:1005:52:5206:34:1508:46:5026:49:070:16:01
12DanielFurlong49British05:05:4406:50:1706:24:5608:54:1227:15:090:26:02
13DerrickKhan31British05:11:1007:21:3006:59:2509:24:1628:56:211:41:12
14NicholasEdwards38British06:15:2007:26:0506:57:3009:31:0330:09:581:13:37
15ShivomSinha34American07:11:3007:57:0407:44:3508:58:4731:51:561:41:58
16DavidGuetz50French06:48:1207:26:1308:26:1009:32:3832:13:130:21:17
17MckenzieMadison20British05:46:2507:38:4909:08:0609:52:5032:26:100:12:57
18AndreiGaspar51Hungarian06:53:5707:20:5408:46:2010:20:1833:21:290:55:19
19EmilianCroitoru12Romanian07:06:4008:13:2908:46:2009:22:5233:29:210:07:52
20AminMaalouf14Lebanese09:09:0110:04:1410:14:3007:38:2637:06:113:36:50
SHORT COURSE
First NameSurnameRace NumberNationalityStage OneStage TwoStage ThreeStage Four
RobWood22British04:15:1205:24:0506:38:53SHORT
JohnMcleary53British05:14:3507:06:4708:00:10SHORT
ToddHarris29British06:01:2506:53:1307:57:50SHORT
JoshHearnden10British05:55:2507:06:3408:20:50SHORT
CarolinBotterill8Canadian05:54:5808:01:0307:47:05SHORT
JohannaBauswein11American05:54:5808:01:0307:47:05SHORT
JasonCarpenter3American06:53:3008:02:3608:33:25SHORT
JacobOttosen36Danish06:36:2508:02:4009:06:40SHORT
TonyMather24British07:22:5007:38:4908:56:00SHORT
JamesFullarton30British06:35:5008:04:3509:30:30SHORT
ClaireBliss28British06:25:5509:01:5909:26:10SHORT
RasmusOlufson7Danish06:53:0008:26:0509:38:35SHORT
BenNorth6British06:56:2508:54:0209:08:03SHORT
AndrewBarber23British07:22:4508:51:3709:12:50SHORT
WanariMatsuno41Japanese07:45:4508:53:2309:28:10SHORT
StephenHayes25British07:44:0208:54:0209:30:30SHORT
HansAnker39Danish07:36:5508:06:0510:28:30SHORT
RyoChimori42Japanese08:05:1009:25:3908:52:05SHORT
SilviaCzaja32German07:25:0509:26:2709:33:35SHORT
AndrzejSzefler17American07:34:5009:27:3610:54:00SHORT
MustaphaMroueih21Lebanese09:09:0110:04:1410:15:45SHORT
DaniAfiouni45Lebanese09:09:0110:04:1411:36:50SHORT
MazenMroueih15Labanese09:09:0110:04:1411:36:50SHORT
DNF/DNS
First NameSurnameRace NumberNationalityStage OneStage TwoStage ThreeStage Four
SharonDick4British06:21:4208:02:0010:41:50DNS
TakashiOkada52Japanese07:45:4511:26:14SHORTDNF
HiroTakayama47Japanese09:39:1012:58:30SHORTDNF
SusantiningsihSzefler18Indonesian07:34:5009:27:3610:54:00DNF
AdamBrown27British06:25:5509:01:59DNFDNF
ChristineJahn19German07:25:0509:26:27DNFDNF
JakubJasinski44Polish07:36:5507:37:44DNFDNF
TerenceMcdonagh26American06:09:50DNSDNSDNF
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