Good news for Nepali runner Sudip Kurung Rai. As you may know, Sudip is from the Everest region of Nepal and earlier this year he won the Everest Ultra, a 65 km race from the Everest base camp to Lukla. In his normal life he was a porter carrying heavy loads of supplies from the road head to the villages of the region.
He managed to grab first place in the Everest Ultra early this year – he heard about the race only the day before and ran the 15 km to the start. This brought him to the attention of Rob Cousins, a British coach who trained him and another runner called Bed from the Nepali Army and Project Davos was formed.
The Davos race proved a great learning experience. The results were not as hoped, but then racing is also a skill to be learned.
The 24th Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is a short, tough race with rather a lot of very steep uphill – so much so that a rope is provided.
Congratulations to Sudip and also to Ramesh Bhattachan for sponsoring Sudip to make it to the race.