I had a rough day on the long stage. Basically I has used up all my food and had none left. I had burned thorugh everything before I got to CP1 in the most horrible 15km of salt flat hideousness that I have even been through. I struggled at CP1 for 20 mins, even longer at CP2 - 45 mins maybe. I refused a medical can of Pepsi, and the urge to throw in the towel and pushed on. 3K before Cp3 there was a big dune ascent. Just there my body got used to the idea that it wasn`t getting any more food and began to just eat more of it` own fat stores. I came down the dune into CP3, only 10 mins there, then ran out of CP3 until I got to a river canyon, run walked most of it, then ran the last couple of K into CP4. All the CP`s had been about 14k apart so far. I ran out of CP4, after just 2 mins there, feeling good, running about 60% of the distance to CP5. I was at CP5 for a few mins too, then ran 80% of the last leg into camp, finishing very fast. I lost a lot of time at CPs which cost me time, but I made it, and that`s what matters. 13.5hrs and 40th place. It`s all over bar the last 10k into town to pizza and coke, and a well earned medal. Make no mistake this is the toughest desert by far.