Supporting Our Wounded Into Work

Raising funds to retrain and re-skill our wounded and support them in finding new careers outside the Military. You can help by making a donation or fundraising for the charity.

Marathon des Sables 2016

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Chris Matthews

To support Chris in his MdS challenge, visit his VMG fundraising page:


Why did you sign up to the MdS?

I’d heard about MdS a few years ago and was instantly attracted to it but it wasn’t until my brother challenged me to do it in the pub that I committed myself to run it.


Fundraising for WWTW gives my personal challenge new purpose. Being someone who has undergone the military to civilian transition I fully understand the challenges that await, but can’t begin to imagine how this must feel for soldiers who, in their prime, have had their careers irrevocably altered forever and are thrust into a world they were not yet ready for.

 How’s your training going – what have you done so far, which milestones have you hit and are you happy with where you are so far?

I’ve been training for two years and have aimed to be consistent, whilst progressing steadily. I’ve recently been doing all my training runs with my MdS backpack on and have done a lot of back to back runs.

 What do you see as the biggest challenge?

I think the heat will be my biggest challenge, as I imagine for most competitors. I went on holiday to Turkey in September and did 7 runs over 2 weeks with my backpack in 40c temperatures. It was hard and I’ll definitely be giving the sun and the heat the respect they deserve.

 What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the MdS?

I’ll be using an X-Frame sleeping pad and that will be my only luxury.

 What will you be listening to on your iPod?

I have some guilty pleasures on my iPod Shuffle that I’ll be saving until the long day to get me through it. There’ll be a lot of motivational tunes to keep my feet shuffling along.

 Is there anything which you know you will be looking forward to at the end, before even beginning?!

The medal and the sense of achievement will make all the training and personal sacrifices worthwhile.

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