Just when you thought the limits of human potential have been reached, others come to shatter all records and numbers that were once thought impossible. British runners Robbie Britton and Dan Lawson are about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime; they are taking on the 650 km Jordan Trail on foot starting this Thursday, and they mean to do it in under 10 days, breaking the previous record set by British runner Alfie Pearce-Higgins and Jordanian marathon expert Mohammed Al Sweity who covered the distance in 15 days.
Mohammad Al-Sweity on the Jordan Trail (via The Guardian)
Taking usually around 40 days for normal hikers, the Jordan Trail goes through some of Jordan's most gorgeous scenery and nature, from Wadi Rum to Petra and much more. The trail goes through and over mountains, across open fields, and through some of Jordan's most ancient ruins and remnants of times past. For the adventurous duo, it's not just about breaking records. "The main focus is to go out and enjoy ourselves. Both Dan and I love running, seeing new places and a bit of adventure so we won’t be going super wild every day," Britton told Fast Running.
Mohammad Al-Sweity on the Jordan trail (via Strava)
The pair have their work cut out for them, where the first day heading from Umm Qais to Aljoun entails around 80 km of running! The pair know this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the beauty of a country like Jordan, and they're pretty excited about it. "I’m really excited about the sights we’ll see out there and people keep telling us how beautiful Jordan is," Britton told Fast Running.
Both Brits are well versed in ultra running, and have been so for some time now. So, getting their gear set for such a daunting journey becomes second nature. Yet, both runners don't plan on packing too much food, lest they miss out on the incredible Jordanian cuisine, which they look forward to enjoy along their ride. Britton says, "I’ve got some energy drink mixes and gels that I’m taking along, but if I can get decent real food en route or stock up on some local sweets then that’s the better option. Dan will probably be chomping on nuts and dried fruit the whole way."
You can follow the pair's incredible journey on Strava, Britton’s @ultrabritton username on Twitter and Instagram, or Dan's @therunningdan.
Source: Fast Running