As you may have guessed by now I withdrew from the race around 6pm local time after 180 miles (82 hours of racing) .
I was suffering from extreme mental exhaustion this being brought on by lack of sleep (seven hours in total) , solitude , dehydration , lack of nutrition and cold.
My physical well being being intact I was in danger of making mistakes that could harm myself and was not seeing the point of continuing past the point I had reached, given that I walked for a further two hours after informing the very supportive race director that I needed more time to consider my feelings, bearing in mind that walking into the wind the temperature was around minus 40 (with wind chill).
Having now had a little sleep and some real food I feel much better and am not disappointed having not finishing and am personally proud that I made it so far in such a tough race and managed to finish the 120 race and am one of only 6 competitors have made it past the 120 mile mark
There are currently 3 competitors still in the race all each of them being just unbelievable athletes Chris (the walking machine - last years winner), Sean and PJ. I will update on their news as the race continues.
My special thanks to all those who taken the time to have supported me it has given me great encouragement
In the very apt words of TS Eliot: