One of our very brave MDS runners, Jack Daniell, sent us an update on his training for one of the toughest foot races on earth.
“The Marathon Des Sables is just around the corner and final preparations are almost done. I have most of my gear and food sorted. I am eating plenty of freeze dried meals and other high calorie foods to see what does and doesn’t work, and it has been an interesting experience.
I’ve been training while in different physical conditions of tiredness/hunger etc to see how my body reacts to various foods and conditions. I am so far not experiencing many problems with the back pack or any other bits of gear. The biggest problem so far with undertaking such a massive challenge is that my life has never been busier, so training usually starts around 3am. Sponsorship has been hard work and not as forthcoming as I had hoped.
I am an Australian living in Denmark, raising for a UK based Charity but running an event in Africa, so it is hard convincing business contacts to get behind me!
I hope that some good donations will be coming through this week. No matter how hard things are for us now, whilst preparing for this epic challenge, or during the race, it is but a fraction of what the injured soldiers go through on our behalf. That will be a huge motivation for us all when we are out there.” – Jack Daniell
Jack is a marine engineer from Australia currently based in Denmark. He is a keen climber, scuba diver, and loves paragliding and travelling whenever he can. Over the last few years Jack has climbed extensively in many countries, driven through West Africa on a road rally, undertaken an unsupported crossing of the Northern Patagonian icecap and has also walked to the North Pole, wining the Extreme World Races challenge in 2012 with Jamie Chisholm, another fellow MDS runner!
Jack has never done any ultra races, but has seen the work of WWTW and has been inspired to take on his own challenge to show his appreciation for what our forces do for us.
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