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Marathon des Sables 2016

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March Finch


Why did you sign up to the MdS?

Because my Ex-Army mate Chris asked me and because I needed a change and a physical challenge in my life. I think I went a bit overboard on the physical challenge bit.


I admire what WWTW do for our wounded servicemen. I have always liked the proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for one day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” I think WWTW have this ethos and that appeals to me.

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?

Have done about 50 miles per week plus weight training and core training 4 days per week but not religiously and I am also aware and concerned that mileage is not enough. However my running mate Chris and I did a marathon in October in full MDS kit (approx. 7kg pack) in 5 hours 3 minutes. Will be trying to ramp up the mileage in these last three months. Despite my worries about training miles I still feel quite comfortable about dealing with the distance.

What do you see as the biggest challenge?

The heat and the soft sand, oh and Chris’s views on politics.

What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the MdS?

Baby wipes

What 1 item of food are you taking which is your treat?

Wine gums

What will you be listening to on your iPod?

Gary Numan: Hybrid and Pure.

John Grant: Pale Green Ghosts.

The Cult, Depeche Mode, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC.

Various electro, dance and trance tracks.

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

A long relaxing soak in the bath with a cold beer or five.


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