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November 14, 2009

Pharaonic Woman

Filed under: Running — scotsabroad @ 7:29 pm


Well done to Shona for taking part in her first Pharaonic Race yesterday. The distance between the two photographs above is 100 kilometres, with a time difference of about ten hours.  Shona ran 10K +  (+ as many sections of the route are stretched beyond any official metric measurements) on the eighth leg up to Dashur Pyramid and back. Tough on the legs.

A long day but very satisfying. Shona ran with the Dutch ladies team, many of them parents of children at NCBIS. The school managed to field three teams this year, including many parents, as well as hardened and novice staff runners. First team in at 8hrs 13 minutes compared to last years’ time of 8 hrs 40 minutes. Next year…

The idea for the race, which has been running for 9 years, came from a fragment of rock discovered by the Egyptologist Ahmed Moussa in 1977.  The rock revealed a story about pharaonic soldiers running a race of 100 kilometers. This was during the reign of King Taharka (690-665 BC). He initiated the race after visiting an army camp and found the soldiers to be in exceptional physical fitness. The race was held in the area between Sakkara and Faiyum Oasis running past Memphis, the  Dashur, Elleshet and Kefren Pyramids, and ending at Hawara Pyramid at Faiyum. We ran it in reverse but  following almost the same route. Seems the King himself ran part of the race. The soldiers must have been awesome as the winner completed the whole run in eight hours. Last years medal was in the shape of the stone displaying the hieroglyphics.

And he was running too!



  1. well done Shona – just like Linda at that age

    Comment by Ian Fraser — November 16, 2009 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  2. Well done Shona, definately 10km more than i can run….you can do it

    Comment by gordon — November 16, 2009 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  3. well done shona..

    Comment by gordon — November 16, 2009 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  4. Yes, well done Shona!

    Comment by nuimgeography — November 17, 2009 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

  5. A fab achivement indeed sis! well done. x

    Comment by Shari — November 17, 2009 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  6. Congratulations Shona. No wonder Cairo looks so proud of his mum in the picture.

    Marion and Alistair

    Comment by Marion and Alistair — November 18, 2009 @ 9:17 am | Reply

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