As day 1 of Richard Bowles’ 1,009km run gets closer and closer, we’re looking into some more details of the ambitious project.  Running an average of over 80KM a day – for a full 12 days – water-supply is obviously one of the major challenges Richard is facing. How is he getting his hydration organized..?

Extreme trail-running is by definition a lonely adventure. There’s obviously nobody running at Richard’s side for 80-something KM a day. And given the rough trails, it’s not possible to drive alongside either. A small support crew will be meeting him where possible, but easy access to the trail is not a given for a good part of the distance.

“Carrying my own water-supply in a hydration pack, I can go for about a marathon distance without the support crew,” he says. Depending strongly on the profile of the trail.

Getting his gear ready, Richard is planning on using three types of Source Hydration packs for hydration on the way. First choice for most of the distance will be the Spinner PRO Race Hydration Pack, which he generally uses for practice and training as well.

Source Spinner for the desert

The Spinner PRO Race is designed for extreme sports, made out of super light materials, with a 6L cargo capacity, giving him plenty of space next to the 3 liter bladder for all essentials he needs on his long way between meeting points with the helpers.


Good to go: Richard Bowles and his Source Spinner PRO Race


Especially for the first section of the trail, leading through the dry and hot Negev desert with difficult terrain, Richard will be using the Spinner pack also to carry some extra water – just in case the support crew has difficulties in coming to meet him, despite their 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Dune for ‘easy’ days

For the days where Richard has regular guaranteed access to water, and the support crew can meet him frequently throughout the day, we will see him running with the particularly low profile Dune Hydration Pack.

As he puts it: There’s calculators and tools helping inexperienced runners anticipate their water and drinking needs. In his case, having the experience of thousands of kilometers «in the bank», he goes with his guts. Roughly 1 liter per hour is what he’s calculating with.



The night out

Last but not least, for the days where he is setting up camp outside at night, Richard is planning to use a 20 liter pack that will enable him to carry camping and cooking equipment, water and food. He will pick it up from the crew towards the end of the day, and carry it for a couple of more hours while he is running during the night. In the morning, getting on trail again, he will be carrying the pack for another couple of hours until he reaches the support crew again. This way he will be able to keep moving forward – if he’s not sleeping or eating, he’s running!


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