The change from Cho-Oyu to Manaslu has come because of problems with the Chinese Goverment in Tibet, so we are switching to Manaslu in Nepal- which is great as it means i get to attempt a world record- not just a British one!
The expedition is set to be fantastic- Manaslu is a beautiful mountain but quite remote, i'm going to be climbing with a great team and to say i'm excited is an understatement! It's difficulty is rated the same as Cho Oyu, so i am pretty confident that success is within our reach- just got to keep working on those lungs and thighs!
The expedition leaves on the 28th August and returns mid October. I am starting to amass the many items of kit needed for a Himalyan expedition- boots, crampons etc. Only 4 months now until i leave from Heathrow!
The finish was fantastic- Tom was already there chilling, we both felt good and before we knew it those thoughts of 'i'm never running a race again!' (normal when you're in the midst of pain 18 miles in) are quickly forgotten and the worry of whether we COULD even finish was behind us- in Tom's own words: BOOM!
So, another 20+ mile race down, my forth so far this year. Next up is the Exmoor Coastal Marathon on the 9th May, 28 miles and 8000ft vertical gain! Running with Rob and Stu (http://www.ocean2summit.com/), will keep you updated on how we do there...