Marie Pierre drove me to the airport in the late morning. The week had gone by so quickly and it felt strange to be leaving already. Ahead of me I had the short flight to Mauritius, then a couple of hours at the airport there before continuing the six and a half hour flight back to Dubai. I'd then get back home around midnight and have to get straight back to work on the projects I left behind a week ago.
While checking in for my flight I was surprised to see Richard & Tamar, the friendly couple I met on my flight to Reunion a week earlier. We were on the same flight back too! So while waiting to board the aircraft we were able to catch up on each others' stories from the week on the island and, of course, details from the race! They were both running the Trail de Bourbon race, and Tamar was writing about her experience for a women's health & fitness magazine back home in South Africa. They also had an incredible week on the island and a memorable experience in the race. It's great to connect with other runners like them.
For the flight back I had another Japanese runner seated beside me, he had done the Diagonale des Fous, and it took him 52 hours. He's a semi-professional ultradistance runner so wasn't quite as beat up as me, but he was still tired! There were quite a few athletes on their way back home on the flight, most of them moving slowly, just like me.