Sunday, April 16, 2006


Wednesday, 26 April, 7:00 pm

Crown Tavern (upstairs room of the pub)
43 Clerkenwell Green


At Sun Apr 16, 10:41:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice logo! See you there.

Tom Whitely

PS. If you haven't heard it already - your mad. I love it.

At Mon Apr 17, 06:46:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I can find a flight from Dallas, I will be there.

At Tue Apr 18, 07:39:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pete

I've got some advice that I think you need to act on pretty quick to ensure you've got all the necessary vaccinations/prophylaxis on board. Forgive me if any of the advice below sounds like I'm telling you how to suck eggs!

1.From what I gather you need to start any vaccination programme at least 6 weeks before departure. I don't know what jabs you've had, but you need to go to a GP or try somewhere like who have drop-in centres.

2.Things you might consider mentioning or asking about specifically are:

a) Malaria; it is found in the kerala region and you are going in the wet.
b) Tetanus status; it might be worth having a booster.
c) Hep B vaccination; I've got one as I'm a health care worker; it's endemic in India.Unfortunately, there is no Hep C vaccine. From what you've told me you already have Hep A vaccination.
d) Rabies; you aren't going to be in typical, sanitised areas that tourists usually frequent. Therefore, I think that your risk of exposure could be higher. Discuss this with the GP/vaccination advisor. If you got bitten you would still need further injections even with the vaccination, but you would stand a much better chance of recovery.
e) Other nasties are:
i) Japanese encephalitis (vaccination is available); apparently there have been outbreaks in eastern coastal regions.I'm not sure what the situation in Kerala is.
ii) Dengue fever
iii) Leptospirosis, leishmoniasis, typhoid, polio, cholera, filiariasis, sandfly fever, typhus, hepatitis E.

3. You need to acclimatise. You have a limited time in India to do your run, so you could start the process in the UK by training in warm clothing i.e. this gets the body used to running when hot. I know this sounds a bit odd, but I gather that this is a sensible thing to do.
Run early morning i.e. around sunrise and then do your video diaries, etc during the heat of the day. End the day with a final run to your night destination. Build up your running over the first 2 weeks. This will ensure that you don't overdo things before you become used to the heat and humidity (I checked the temp in Mumbai today, it's 35 oC!!)

4. Get you trainers sorted. I think that Nike will make you shoes tailored to your feet and gait. Your feet are very precious for this project.

5. Diarrhoea; prevention is better than cure. This boils down to H2O hygiene i.e. boil everything, don't accept open bottled water from restaurants/shops i.e. check seal is intact, ice cubes.
Culprits are E. Coli (40%), Bacillary dysentry, Salmonellas, Campylobacter, Shigella, Giardia Amoebic dysentry,etc.
D/W GP re prescription of METRONIDAZOLE + CIPROFLOXACIN. These antibiotics are used in treatment.

6. Skin; problems are fungal infections and bacterial infection (cellulitis). D/W GP re. prescription of AUGMENTIN/FLUCLOXACILLIN for skin problems.
Fungal infections of the groin/armpits you can get anti-fungal creams e.g. Canesten (for fannies!!). Same goes for feet, but you need to keep these drier than a rattesnakes arse.

7. Joints; get a load of paracetamol & brufen (provided you're not allergic). I suspect you can buy codeine based/weak opiates for more severe pain when you arrive in India. Getting weak opiates throught customs just isn't worth the hassle.

8. I'm trying to put some ideas together for a medical kit. I'll send the details next week.

You've got a bit of shopping and consulting to do Pete, but I think that your general health on this project will determine whether or not you are successful, so it's definitely worth getting right. A useful contact might be the Royal Geographical Society ( have a look at their website).

I hope this is useful. I send details of a suggested medical kit next week and advice re. fluid/electrolyte consumption during your run.



At Tue Apr 18, 11:11:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Pete you truly have lost it!

Sounds like a great adventure - who would have thought you would do this to yourself when you had enough trouble keeping up with 'the Taylor' on the squash courts of downtown Suva ;)
All the best with the run and everything associated with it. It sounds like a once in a lifetime so
I will follow your trials and tribulations on the web!
All the best mate
Ol (Oman)

At Tue Apr 18, 11:13:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are a nutter! seriously, sounds like a great thing to be doing. I wish you lots of luck and very few blisters. I will try to make it to the launch if I can, but if I do not I will check progress on the net.

AD (London)

At Tue Apr 18, 11:43:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Training with The Mad Dog: Pete Dulvy - UK - Heels on Fire

Dear Peter: How interesting...when I was still an undergraduate in college, I had a professor from Kerala.

Since your race starts in just a couple of weeks, you are getting to me kind of late to prepare for a multi-day ultra-event under extreme conditions.

Some years ago I ran about 550 miles (885 Km) across the State of Indiana, in 10-days. The temperature was generally around 115F (46 C).

I took a year to prepare for the heat. And as preparation for the running part, that season I ran 3-marathons, a 50K, a 40-mile trail run and a 70-mile mountain trail run.

If you have prepared fully for this event, then to stay hydrated, you should begin hydrating at least three days before the start, and continue until one hour before you begin.

Plain water is not ideal for hydration purposes. You want something with a small amount of salts (electrolytes). Fruit juice, V-8 juice, mineral water, and/or a diluted sports drink are good.

During the event don't take vast quantities at one time. Rather sip liquid on a regular basis. If you can keep the liquid cold that would be great.

You should also carry water, to dribble on your head and splash on face and body.

Be sure to cover your feet with Vaseline to help prevent blisters.

I hope this helps. Dr. (Mad Dog Mike) Schreiber, Online Running/Marathon/Ultra Coach and Fitness Guru

At Tue Apr 18, 01:38:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I truly wish I could be part of this with you in person. I got a lot out of your first commrades adventure, and am sure this one will be greater. Best to you, and let me know if you need anything along the way. (i.e. bail)

Bob (Washinton DC)

At Tue Apr 18, 04:52:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


What an idea - I'm sure this whole event will build and build. Who knows, maybe you'll have your own band of followers, Gump-style!
One thing I'd like to know - where is Kerala within India? Have you got a map on the site? Your story needs to be placed within its setting for the uninitiated, like me.
Looking forward to following your progess all the way...

Gav, London

At Wed Apr 19, 09:42:00 AM 2006, Blogger dreamrunner said...

Pete I heard from nicole before I read the email. I'm full of admiration for you, you're following your heart, you will have experiences others only dream about and therefore you are destined to have everything in your life you desire.

Good luck and I'll follow by internet.
Love H***

At Wed Apr 19, 12:31:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well cuz,
I've spread the good word about the insane task you have set yerself..
Keep 'er lit kid !

At Wed Apr 19, 10:55:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete Dulvy - you never cease to amaze! What an incredible adventure you are about to embark on. Be sure to share in the details when all is done. Good luck and take good care.
Mindy / New York

At Wed Apr 19, 11:41:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morning Folks,

As Meena so eloquently put it....

"Watching the preparation for this run from afar is actually a little bit like watching a Marathon as a dumbsbtruck bystander. So many names, imagined faces, all flashing past as the last few weeks have unfolded. Everyone is building up to the finish line; or the starting line at Kasargod, Kerala in this case. The pace is thick with visions, strategies and concepts, as each and every step has to be precision planned. Ideas appear so fast they have to be clasped and tied down, talked out, schmoozed and may be even bullied into reality by so many back stage runners, all invisible to us, the gaping on looker. People from every corner of the globe from London, Delhi, Pretoria, and Trivandrum are jet setting, phone calling, emailing, and blogging this run into action."

Likewise, I am dumbstruck by you good people.

Yesterday brought a wonderful farewell lunch with my friends and colleagues at work. One friend Dave got me back for years of handing him silly drinks (when he least needed it) by giving me a samboucca. The clock had barely struck two in the afternoon. A farewell speech and a cake (with a runner ontop of it) later, then back to the office to open doors with together tv and to tie things up with others. At 5.45pm we set out for a Wednesday evening run (a year long tradition at work).Rahul joined us and we set of into the sun towards London Bridge. A great run, great chats and great sights. In essence thats what this running mularky is all about.

Later Rahul, myself and friends Sagar and Carolina headed off to the pre-london marathon expo. We met New Balance and got firmly into their books. Rahul and I got snazy new NB sneaks and I beleive, we impressed all and sundry.... largely by virtue of the fact that neither of us looked mad. Why say this? Folks newcommers to these 600km shenanigans are simply amazed.

We have come a long way in such a short time. I thank you. I thank your all for your kind comments and words of support.

Turn the corner - go for a jog.


At Thu Apr 20, 09:13:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great progress, Pete. Looks like everything is falling in place finally! Way to go!


At Thu Apr 20, 03:22:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pete,

You are amazing, this will be
such an adventure!

See you in a couple of weeks!


At Thu Apr 20, 05:26:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Pete

Lovely to hear from you and with such an exciting adventure next month. I won't be able to make the launch as I'm still in Pretoria but I'll track it on the website.

Best of luck and looking forward to reading the story in Runners World - stay away from the snakes.

Rachel (SA)

At Thu Apr 20, 05:29:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi pete!
good for you old friend! we wish you the best of luck for this new adventure. we will follow you by the net, if its possible.

big hugs from here and waiting till you put a foot in our beloved continent.

lucas, maru and male - Argentina

At Thu Apr 20, 06:31:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do all you folks know that the family name for this boy is Pele!
i do so hope that this up and coming star has read and digested Dr Robbie's advice and also that of A.D
I'v no doubt that our Pakistani-Anglo-Irishman will succeed because he has true friends and true grit!

At Fri Apr 21, 09:00:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pete,

Nice to hear from you. I am fine and so happy to read
you and know what you are up to.

Back here in Vanuatu I am fine and working with the
Habitat for humanity Vanuatuy. I am very interested to
know what you are planning to do. I may not be able to
take part but i am fully supporting you in prayers,
may you have a wonderful race and Almighty God protect
you from harm and danger.

Warmest regards viviane. (port villa)

At Tue Apr 25, 12:05:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pele, you nutter.

Can't make it to the launch at the Tavern - tell everybody hi. Best of thoughts from Copenhagen though..

And run like the wind when you're done drinking...

Kristian - aka Viking Boy

At Tue Apr 25, 10:25:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good News Folks...

My friend Jenny T from Sweden and living in South Africa is flying in to join me for 10 days running. We have our first UN staffer!

In response to Jeeny's email:

"This is superb. It truely is. There is no runner on earth whom I know that I have more confidence in. You will join the most memorable period of your life Jenny. I can honestly say that we are all on a roller coaster ride. At times mad and out of hand, ... but for the large part its a head high wave. In surfing terms we are all in the green room."

Pete (London - 25th April)

At Tue Apr 25, 11:07:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good evening

Its the day before the big launch here in London. No doubt the sparkles are being polished and red carpet hoovered. The UKs finest should hopefully arrive in their masses. A few suprises are in order. For one - I can make a once in a life time guarantee...... what is it? I hear you ask.

A good vibe.

Money can't buy that!

At Tue Apr 25, 11:24:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An Update From 'Angel and Islington' (an area of London).

Now I am getting into this blog mularky.. I wanted to say a big thanks to all the people who have been moving and shaking for the sake of heelsonfire.

The last few days have seen the run receive some solid support:

- Intrepid Travel kindly sponsored 1000 pounds.
- The flights for Rahul and I have been covered by the Indian Tourism Office in London.
- The accomodation and media in Kerala might just well work out with the support of Kerala tourism office.
- Vitabiotics are sponsoring the cans of wellman and the all knee supplements.
- New Balance are looking after my heels with some running shoes.
- We have had excellent discussions with Gapguru and Together Tv.
- Today I have contacted a former Indian olympic runner called PT Usha ( a former hero of mine) to see if she will come running for a day.
- I have also received some excellent emails from like minds in Kerala who are fully on board. Thanks Santhosh! See you soon.
- I did my second radio interview in South Africa on Saturday with Cape Talk/702. The first was with SAFM Sports. About three million people in South Africa know whats going on!
- Firstaid4sport came through with a key cornerstone of the trip and run. They have provided the best first aid kit that I have ever seen(albeit a huge brown box weighing about 15kgs). It weighs so much in part because it is full of boxes of 'second skin'. Here's hoping I dont need to much of that!?

Perhaps one of the highlights is that Rahul managed to get a pair of walkie talkies. Imagine that folks - I can be in the middle of nowehere and still have a continous conversation.

I know for a fact that the folks in Delhi are doing twice this amount on their side.

It will be a relief to actually start running.

Pete - London - after midnight!

At Wed Apr 26, 09:51:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pete (and the team)unfortunately I cannot make it tonight.

If I do not get to see you before you go very best of luck with this epic journey. I am sure you will make it. I will be following your progress on the web. Hope you can do the whole thing without picking up any injuries and that great things come out of all of this


At Wed Apr 26, 11:54:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pete!
Wow – you are nothing short of aMAZing! I have watched from afar (in an easterly direction) at the development of your Indian marathon project.

Wish I could be there to celebrate with you at the Tavern, but ‘tis not to be… at least this time.

Your blog is great – both the pics and the text.

Looking forward to following you on your challenging route.

All the best, kind and courageous one.


Sarah -Newfoundland/ Canada

At Wed Apr 26, 01:14:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big Pete,

GGGGeeeez not long now!!!!

Three days before the run i reckon you should fill up on meat and potato pies!!! They will stick to your ribs and see you through the hard times on the run.

Best of luck from a medium sized lad from Bolton.

At Wed Apr 26, 01:20:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mad Dog Dulvy,

Run like the clappers!

Drink the red bull (or whatever you runners drink) like you are 18 all over again, in the student union bar when it was 99p a pint.

Happy vibes from UN and NYC.

Susan xx

At Thu Apr 27, 03:25:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete -

AT 7:30 AM I just went for a 15 minute jog in bangalore, which is arguably the coolest (temperature wise) city in South India. After this light jog I think I might be ready to die of heat exhaustion. I am sweating buckets and I am in pretty decent shape and have Indian genes. This is not even May and this is not even the hottest place around.

I implore you to seek medical advice or at least have some ability to access immediate medical attention during the run. This is no joke. It is really freaking hot.

otherwise good luck.

Siddhartha (Paul Barbour's friend)

At Thu Apr 27, 06:59:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Siddhartha,

Thanks for your comments. Your email makes me nervous. I appreciate that this is serious stuff. We are managing the risks as far as possible....and then managing them some more. Aside from the fun and adventure, its much more critical that we all stay healthy.

Your email is a good wake up call.



At Thu Apr 27, 11:14:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter and team!
Thank you for inviting me to the "heels on fire" launch. I am very excitited for you and hope you achieve the success that your courage and spirit deserves! Inspirational!
Go well!
Charles (van Oppen)

At Thu Apr 27, 04:31:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete -

Sorry I couldn't make it last night (for reasons completely dwarfed by the enormity of HOF). Not long now, my man. Take it easy and take care. I'll be following your progress every day.


At Sun May 07, 11:24:00 AM 2006, Blogger Grainne McArdle said...

You really are a true inspiration to all! We are all very proud of you in Cloughoge - keep her going we are all behind you!
Le gach dea-mhéin
Ádh mór ort
Gráinne x

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