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Ryan and Ryno set new FKT record for Great Himalaya Trail


Last updated: 06-Apr-18

By Alice Morrison

The South African duo, Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel, have finished their FKT attempt of the Great Himalaya Trail and set a new record, topping Andrew Porter’s 2016 record of the same route by three days. It took them 25 days.

After the run, Ryan said, “This has been the biggest adventure of my life, but incredibly challenging at the same time, especially mentally to just keep going day in and day out for so long. There were so many ups and downs along that route that we could have never anticipated but I’m so stoked we pushed on and made it through.”

In order to get the record, the two men pushed straight through the final 300km, with just 10 to 20-minute trail naps. It was worth it said Ryno, “That split second that you achieve a goal you’ve set yourself, everything suddenly makes sense. Everything is worth what you got out of it.”

Rumour has it that the end meal of choice was a pizza. The guys are back to South Africa for a rest but then Ryan will be racing again, most notably at the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc in Chamonix this August.

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