3° Oman Desert Marathon: The Night Marathon stage

3° Oman Desert Marathon: The Night Marathon stage

Stage Five
Km 42,195, total distance km 145.195

The Marathon stage is the longest stage of all the race, with 42,195 km takes the runners to the last camp before the end of the race, the start hour was at 15.00 for the most of the runners, just the first 20 have been allowed to start at 17.00.
Even if this stage is almost at the end of the Oman Desert Marathon and is the longest, all runners enjoyed it and found it less difficult than the second and the third one. The weather was absolutely perfect and running at night helped to keep the body temperature low and a good hydration. Running in the desert at night is something magic, the fresh air and the total absence of human activity makes the sky very bright and transmits the incredible energy of this landscapes. The course was smooth, and after the first 15 kilometers of soft sand the ground become very compact and easy to run following a desert path along the some vegetation. We passed by a Bedouins house and their camels and goats wile feeding with the desert grass and bushes. This was the first sign of human presence after 3 stages of uncontaminated desert. The Bedouin, with the traditional Omani hospitality, use to offer tea, coffee and dates to people crossing their portion of desert and they sell petrol and handmade ropes and artifacts. The sun went down at about 6 PM and the temperature drop down: this conditions made the last kilometers relatively fast also for the slowest runners.

All the course was marked by led lights one in sight of the other: getting lost was almost impossible. If this happens the cars of the organization that are monitoring constantly the runners will see the fluorescent stick attached to everybody backpack, in order to make all runners visible from far.  All participants finished the stage in time and the slower runner had 6 hours of rest. The stage had been dominated by Rashid Al Murabiti in only 3 hours 39 minutes and 19 seconds, followed by the Jordan Salamah Aaqra, and by Evgini Glyva with 4 hours 14 minutes and 43 seconds.

The last runner arrived at the camp at about 1.30.  Oman Desert Marathon organization puts a great effort in mounting, dismounting and transporting everyday the tents and the camp across the desert. Today this work was don in just a few hours: at 5 last runners left the camp of stage four, and at 20.39 the winner crossed the finish line finding the camp almost ready.  Stage six will start at 9 AM and the finish line will be with be on the shore of the Arabic Sea, with the feet in the water.

RANK

BIB

NAME

SURNAME

SEX

NATIONALITY

TIME

1

5

Rashid

AL Murabiti

M

Morocco

3h 39m 19s

2

63

Evgini

Glyva

M

Ukraine

3h 43m 41s

3

1

Salamah

Aaqra

M

Jordan

4h 14m 43s

4

62

Juan Maria

Jimenez Llorens

M

Spain

4h 14m 56s

5

34

Sami

Alsaidi

M

Oman

4h 34m 9s

6

41

Yousuf Abdullah

Alzaabi

M

Oman

4h 47m 55s

7

37

Ahmed

Asalti

M

Oman

5h 5m 32s

8

45

Elisabet

Barnes

F

Sweden

5h 15m 34s

9

47

Marco

Bondielli

M

Italy

5h 15m 34s

10

3

Hamood

AL bahri

M

Oman

5h 22m 55s

11

82

Joao Pedro

Branquinho

M

Portugal

5h 24m 13s

12

69

Benoit

Laval

M

France

5h 30m 39s

13

29

Rachid

Almiqbali

M

Oman

5h 38m 43s

14

32

Aziza

ALraji

F

Morocco

5h 41m 53s

15

8

Kurt

Alderweireldt

M

Belgium

5h 53m 37s

16

42

Silvia

Amodio

F

Uruguai

5h 53m 41s

17

16

Adnan Saleh

Alhatali

M

Oman

6h 8m 49s

18

51

Nicola

Ciani

M

Italy

6h 28m 53s

19

9

Gabriele

Alessandri

M

Italy

6h 29m 53s

20

48

Dino

Bonelli

M

Italy

6h 35m 7s

21

71

Francesco

Lucidi

M

Italy

6h 35m 9s

22

7

Mohammed

Albimani

M

Oman

6h 48m 37s

23

99

Khalifa

Alabri

M

Oman

6h 50m 59s

24

65

Rutger

Kleemans

M

Netherlands

7h 7m 32s

25

80

Maarten

Rijssenbeek

M

Netherlands

7h 7m 32s

26

75

Gianluigi

Panzeri

M

Italy

7h 8m 33s

27

67

Laurens

Kummer

M

Netherlands

7h 14m 39s

28

25

Omar Khalifah

Almamari

M

Oman

7h 17m

29

2

Boukenadel

Abdelkani

M

France

7h 17m 31s

30

83

Valerio Massimo

Sala

M

Italy

7h 26m 47s

31

91

Frank

Van Der Endt

M

Netherlands

7h 27m 40s

32

95

Adharanans

Finn

M

U:K:

7h 34m 57s

33

68

Olivier

Lacoste

M

China

7h 37m 59s

34

77

Simon

Perrin

M

France

7h 37m 59s

35

89

Cinzia

Tenchini

F

Italy

7h 44m 19s

36

97

Marguerit

Natalie

F

France

7h 50m 47s

37

46

Angelo Vittorio

Bertoletti

M

Italy

7h 50m 47s

38

76

Juan

Pereyra Tur

M

Spain

8h 3m 29s

39

60

Veronique

Coustenoble

F

France

8h 12m 44s

40

78

Soufiane

Radhouani

M

France

8h 13m 17s

41

59

Cecile Roselyne

Fouchard Bertin

F

France

8h 13m 17s

42

64

Heikki

Karinen

M

Finland

8h 15m 48s

43

43

Robert

Atchison

M

U:K:

8h 18m 17s

44

74

Luigi

Pagani

M

Italy

8h 19m 13s

45

23

Yousof

Almamari

M

Oman

8h 22m 3s

46

49

Jo

Charters

F

U:K:

8h 22m 50s

47

73

Daniele

Morosetti

M

Italy

8h 22m 55s

48

58

Cecilia

Du Preez

F

U:K:

8h 29m 2s

49

70

Miguel Angel

Lozano Gallego

M

Spain

8h 29m 44s

50

14

Redwan Saleh

Alhabsi

M

Oman

8h 32m 57s

51

40

Ahmed

Alyahmei

M

Oman

8h 32m 57s

52

94

Moussa

Elkhaldi

M

Oman

8h 43m 39s

53

90

Cinzia

Tosi

M

Italy

8h 43m 39s

54

55

Paulus Johannes

de Boer

M

Netherlands

9h 16m 12s

55

79

Angelo

Rigoni

M

Italy

9h 23m

56

61

Odile

Hochard

F

France

9h 35m 19s

57

57

Gerard

Delavaud

M

France

9h 35m 19s

58

54

Hansmartin

Dautel

M

Deutschland

9h 46m 58s

59

53

Gudrun

Dautel

F

Deutschland

9h 47m 6s

60

86

Aldo

Sicurella

M

Italy

10h 2m 1s

61

44

Imad

Barakat

M

Siria

10h 18m 57s

62

50

Davinia

Chulio Fuster

F

Spain

10h 18m 57s

63

56

Giuseppe

De Rosa

M

Italy

10h 35m 35s

64

87

Roberta Eugenia

Stucchi

F

Italy

10h 35m 35s

65

92

Francesco

Vitale

M

Italy

10h 39m 20s

18

Ahmed

Aljabri

M

Oman

DNF

81

Abelloh

Elfandi

M

Oman

DNF

85

Fabio

Segoni

M

Italy

DNF

98

Suleiman

Salem

M

Oman

DNF

 

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