I’m editing the film now, but in the meantime… here’s my race report of the Dead Sea Half Marathon:

A hazey, orange ball of burning sun snuck up behind the dusty-pink mountains across a sea like polished glass. Runners cruised past silhouetted against the ever brightening horizon.

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This was the start of the Dead Sea Half Marathon and it was breathtaking in both senses of the word.IMG_0775.jpeg

The 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra are all flat, out and back courses around the earth’s saltiest, lowest lake at -400m altitude. On one side Israel the other, Jordan, runners from both countries in a gladdening display of harmony.

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As soon as we turned off the road and hit the stoney gravel track, we were treated to a salty shoreline that mimicked snow, with white, salt jetties and perfectly circular salt islands as far as you could see.

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In this friendly atmosphere we cheered on the winners and faster runners coming back towards us on the left. Mid-way, a DJ and dancer cheered us on, moving wildly to energising, thumping techno.

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Once past the turnaround point, we encouraged each other. I tried out my hastily-plane-learned Hebrew on my companions. Coll ha ka vod – well done, and Tam shicho – keep going everyone. Fingers crossed I said it right…

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As the end drew closer I became more and more thankful for the early start and frequent water stations. It wasn’t Costa Rica hot, but running in the mid-20’s from snowy Britain definitely felt cosy!

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The finish was along the beach front past palm trees, big white hotels & the new Dead Sea Mall. Thumping techno music (they love a good beat here in Israel!) signalled the end of the race, with happy, sweaty runners triumphantly sprinting through the finish banner and collecting well-earned medals.

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This was a really lovely race – no hills and no great variety of trail terrain but the beautiful, out-of-this world views of mountain, sea and salt are more than enough. This is a bucket list event if ever there was one.

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And a dip in the Dead Sea at the end is a fantastic way to soothe hot, aching feet MAZEL TOF everyone who ran the Dead Sea 10k, Half, Marathon or Ultra race! I loved it! Thank you to the organisers for inviting me. Film coming soon to Wild Ginger Running YouTube channel…

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For more info on the races see https://deadsea.run/en/

And for more amazing trail running in the area once you’ve done the race, contact https://www.canaanrunningadventures.com/