Alessandro Tomaiuolo (598), from Italy, crossed the finish line holding the Cuban flag. Here is why. The head of the Italian team, PaoloTassinari (602), had to pull out from the race; a lover of Cuba, he normally always carries the Cuban flag through the finish. This morning, whilst still under the tent, his friend Alessandro offered to carry the flag for him. The ritual lived on. And that’s a testimony to the friendship between the two runners.
Marc Lonchedal (343-FRA) crosses the finish line in floods of tears, screaming : “Ratatouiiiiille !”. When asked about this formula, he answers:
- What do you put in a ratatouille ?
- Well… courgettes, aubergine, tomatoes…
- Exactly, only really good things! It’s the same thing with love, you only put good things in it. So it’s become a code with my girlfriend: “ratatouille” means “I love you!”
Jason Bulley (792-UK) was as good as his word and did build a sand castle with the bucket and shovel he’s been carrying all through the race. His efforts were well rewarded! Now, he aims for a cold beer and a warm bath…
Neal Johnston (D271-UK) completed the race despite health troubles. He ranks 859th; Team « Persévérance » - a premonitory name – can be proud of its members!
David Ward (D967-UK) has been carrying all through the race an uncooked egg in his back-pack. The idea was to bring it still whole to the finish line so as to raise more funds for Mencap, a charity aiming to facilitate access to education and work for disabled people.
Thanks to David’s constant care, the egg survived the hardships of the Sultan MDS. David drew a face on his egg and Patrick kissed the miraculous egg on the finish line.
The heat might have turned it into a well boiled egg by now, but the emotional value of this fragile object of all the attention is too great for us to even try to find out.