On March 19 last, I wrote in this blog (see Fun in the Desert) about a chap called John Howe who on that very day had started on an attempt to break the record for running across the Simpson Desert from Alka Seltzer Bore along the French Line to Poeppel Corner, and then on to Birdsville. The record for the 379 kms (including up and over some 1100 sand dunes) stood at 3 days, 8 hours and 37 minutes, and was set by Pat Farmer in 1998.
After covering 125 kms in 20½ hours, and ahead of schedule to break the record, John started to experience acute chest pain, and had to abandon his run. He was taken by 4WD to Birdsville, where he recovered.
He may not have broken the record, but I dips me lid to anyone who can run up and down sand dunes for 20 hours! Even 20 minutes would be beyond my capabilities.
The picture shows the author resting on the corner marker at Poeppel Corner about nine years ago, after walking about 20 metres from the car.