Gavin Shaskolsky completed the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon in November in aid of Sinenjongo High School. This is not the first time Gavin has run the self-sufficiency marathon, which sets daily distances ranging from about 25km to 75km with temperatures reaching into the late 40s.
He said it took at least a year to prepare for the desert run, which started on Thursday 26 October. In an interview with Summer Jacobs at Table Talk in October, Gavin explained that “you need to have a base of fitness and experience in endurance events like Comrades and Two Oceans Ultra. I have now completed four Comrades and five Two Oceans Ultras. Then it’s important to have a clear training plan that matches the outcomes that you want to achieve.”
The Table Talk article went on to explain that the runners must carry all their supplies, clothes and compulsory safety and survival equipment for the duration of the event. Overnight shelter in camps, and water, which is strictly controlled and distributed during the race, is supplied. “People often think I am crazy to do these types of events. I think otherwise. I love running, I love nature and adventure, and I love meeting new people. I love seeing what my mind and body can do when being pushed to their limits.”