The Marathon des Sables, or MdS, is said to be the as the toughest footrace on earth by the Discovery Channel. Competitors have to take six marathons in six days across the Sahara desert, covering over 250km, in temperatures rising to 50⁰C. Day 4 is the feared ‘Double Day’ when competitors run non-stop for two marathons across the dunes. The rules require you to be self-sufficient, to carry with you on your back everything except water that you need to survive. You are given a place in a tent to sleep at night, but any other equipment and food must be carried. Luxuries are few and far between. Last year the WWTW team was filmed in Run The Sahara, a one hour documentary about their journey through the Sahara. You can watch this at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNihSSUwFJQ
All funds raised by the endeavours of the MdS team will be allocated to our Head Start programme. Head Start is Walking With The Wounded’s programme providing ex-servicemen and women who experience mental heath difficulties with a military front door to access effective and evidence based therapeutic support. The programme works in collaboration with the NHS and other charities to complement the existing provision. Our aim is to raise at least £175,000 (click here to see how much we’ve raised so far). Please do support our intrepid and brave runners.
Find out all about our team and the wounded servicemen who are taking part. Follow their progress on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/walkingwiththewounded and the Marathon des Sables site http://marathondessables.com/en/the-mds/news/1345-following-mds-from-home.html
Many thanks to MySports & More which is generously lending the 2016 MDS team 4 GO Pro’s for the duration of the race in the Sahara, enabling our team to get some great footage of their notorious multi stage ultra marathon in the Sahara