But it's racing of an extreme sort. Friend of a friend is taking part in the Marathon Des Sables (he does a bit of Ironman on the side to keep him fit!). Only took up running five or six years ago and is now extremely hardcore. Fortunately for me cycling is his weakest sport but I still think I'm in trouble as I offered to help him train for his next tri. For those who are interested the race began today and the runner is Graham Booty. See http://www.darbaroud.com/. Graham is currently sitting 145 out of 794. But as I said in an encouraging e-mail there are eight girls ahead of him.. Respect. I wish I had half his ability.