Mark Gillett

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A night on the Quest…..

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Well, here I am at 7 am.

Sleep was between 3 and 5am and now I am trying to force my body into action each time a musher approaches.. Not easy, I can assure you.

Its relatively quiet in the press room with only a handful whereas last night it was heaving with press, cameramen, radio people as well as tourists who have come to watch..

The quest seeps into my blood more each day. Having run endurance I understand their need to complete this. Their thirst for finishing, thirst for winning and their desire to push themselves to the limits of human endurance. The hardest part is the mental. They will be feeling exhausted and elated at the same time. Physically drained yet energised with the power of their achievement. Their minds will be playing games. “Why?” “What for?” “Never again” and usually only minutes after finishing in Whitehorse they will be talking of their next race….. But what makes these guys special is that they also need to care for their team . 12-14 dogs that need feeding, sleep and looking after. This make this event far tougher than met I have witnessed….

We have another week or so on the journey to Whitehorse and who knows who will take the prize. What is clear is that all are winners.

Written by markgillett

February 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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  1. Really nice images, Mark! Well done! Looks bloody cold out there – quite a contrast from the desert!
    John

    John Saunders

    February 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    • Thank you John… Yes, desert next month..

      markgillett

      February 10, 2012 at 1:36 am

  2. […] another post from Dawson City, A Night on the Quest, Gillett shared his thoughts more personally: “The quest seeps into my blood more each day. […]


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