A leg sapping 230km self supported footrace from the Andes to the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, the Jungle Ultra is one of the toughest races on the planet.
After the Carstensz Pyramid leg of Richard’s 737 Challenge, he vowed never to step back in to a Jungle again! Two years later, in May 2013 and as another component of his Antarctica Speed record preparation, Richard completed his first ever Ultra Marathon.
The race was a hugely valuable experience and success seeing Richard finish 13th out of a field of experienced and professional runners and allowed him to fine tune his firefly™ recovery strategy and nutritional systems. The self-supported race also provided excellent preparation for operating and adapting his self-filming camera equipment in preparation for his Antarctica Speed Record expedition. The Jungle Ultra saw Richard complete over 5 marathons in 5 days racing from the height of 10,500ft in the Andes to the dense Amazon Rainforest in temperatures of up to 40°C and humidity levels of 100%. Richard also faced 70 river crossings, brutal terrain and unpredictable weather conditions. The whole adventure was filmed by Channel 5, for Richard’s network television series, which will be broadcast in the coming months.
When: 26th May – 31st May 2013.
Where: Amazon Rainforest, Peru.
Why: Training event for Antarctica Speed Record expedition.
Final Jungle Ultra Blog - A look back at Richard's time in Peru - Tuesday 18th Jun 2013
Hi guys! I got straight off the plane from Peru in to a busy week of Project X planning and meetings, I’m just resting up now after the Jungle Ultra. This was the third big training event of the year and the one that I was least looking forward…read more »