THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY – HONG KONG
a Members’ Evening
“Namibia 2009: Survival of the Fittest"
Drinks Reception ; Lecture
The Royal Geographical Society is delighted to present another Members’ Evening, with three of its members speaking about “Namibia 2009: Survival of the Fittest". In May 2009, competitors from all over the world converged in
Namibia 2009 was a onceonly 250 km endurance race set in
As a prelude, the team explains why they were “crazy" enough to want to do the race in the first place. They then explain the rigorous personal preparation required for the expedition. The team describes how they geared up for the event, the anticipation of the terrain, the personal fitness required, and the logistics, gear, nutrition, electrolytes, hydration and preparation to keep body and soul together over a week of unrelenting physical demands.
The team then discusses the grueling seven stages of the event, including the stunning scenery they saw, what they felt and the incredible personal effort of the various stages. The team gives a day by day account of the event, including the highlights and mishaps, the other competitors and the thrills and spills of the race. Ultimately, they tell how they overcame the physical and mental challenges of running for a week across tough, rocky, unrelentless terrain in 40 degree heat, but still enjoying nearly every step.
Dr Keith Futcher is a 59 year old Engineer turned business man with no prior experience of marathons or endurance events who nonetheless completed the event.
Michael Wellstead is an engineer turned insurance broker. He is a director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson specialising in advising his clients on risk transfer strategies and major corporate insurance placements. Michael has taken part and completed two previous endurance events, in the
Joanna Eades is a solicitor, specialising in tax law. She is the International Tax Director for PepsiCo, responsible for tax planning for the Asia Region. She ran her first marathon in 1995 for a bet. Since then she has completed five marathons, seven Trailwalkers and numerous other trail races. However,
Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$100 for Members and HK$150 for guests and others.