Remote Desert, an Adventurer and British Watchmaking

Remote Desert, an Adventurer and British Watchmaking

Postby koimaster » September 5th 2017, 11:06am

It’s probably safe to bet that few people can immediately pinpoint the Saryesik-Atyrau Desert, in eastern Kazakhstan, on a map.

But on Monday, Jamie Maddison was scheduled to begin a 100-mile, 24-hour ultramarathon — what Mr. Maddison, a 29-year-old British explorer, said would be the first such effort on foot there. “The place is quite special in terms of space,” he said. “It’s so open, big and broad. There’s something very unique about the endless steppe that goes on and on.”

Mr. Maddison, who is documenting his journey online, is part of the Challenger Program, a project created by the British watchmaker Christopher Ward in 2013. Past Challengers include Samantha Kinghorn, a wheelchair racer from Scotland who won two gold medals in July at the World Para Athletics Championships in London, and a team of climbers who scaled mountains in Kyrgyzstan last summer.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/04/fash ... pe=article
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