running the kyzylkum desert

After two months on The Post Roads Expedition and one month living with a hunter in Tajikistan, myself and Matt Traver decided to conclude their five month Central Asian project with a 100 mile camel-supported run and trek across the Kyzulkum – or Red Sands – Desert in Uzbekistan.

The goal of this final project was to spend eight days exploring the desert environment. With just a £3 pair of running shoes bought in a Tajik flea-market I managed to get through a half-marathon of running a day, despite soft sand underfoot, wildly-swinging temperatures, a dozen bottles of the host’s vodka, an angry guard-dog and one of the worst cases of food-poisonings I’ve ever had.