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Marathon des Sables 2016

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Robbie Laing


You can support Robbie in his MdS challenge here:

Why did you sign up to the MdS?

I signed up to the event after four months of winter training in Wales with the British Army and I had had my fill of being wet and cold so a week in the desert seemed quite appealing at the time! I am always looking for the next big event that will challenge me and push me as far as possible. Ideally I want to find myself in a situation where I think it is an impossibility for me to physically continue and then overcome that mental block. I am yet to find myself in this situation but hopefully pushing myself to exhaustion in the heat of the Sahara will get me there!


Over the past decade or so the sacrifices made by members of the British Armed Forces has re-entered the minds of the British public. However, whilst they may see the initial effects of service in conflict zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq, they do not necessarily see the long term impacts that afflict wounded service personnel. Walking With The Wounded does sterling work in supporting these service personnel as they make the often difficult transition from military to civilian life. As a serving member of the British Army it is a charity very close to my heart and one that I wholeheartedly support.

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

Training started very well. I was posted to Kenya for two months and was able to run every day at high altitude and in hot temperatures. Since my return I have continued fitting training around a busy schedule but another trip to Kenya wouldn’t go amiss! In early January I completed a 50 mile run in order to replicate the long day of the event, which was a slight eye opener. There is much to do before April!

What do you see as the biggest challenge?

Not boring people with endless talk of lycra, training regimes and how much weight I can reduce my kit to! At the end of the day the event is for an incredibly worthwhile cause and so it does not matter whether I come 100th or 1000th, as long as I am able to raise as much money as I can for Walking With The Wounded and enjoy the event as much as possible.

What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the MdS?

I am told that lightweight hotel slippers are a godsend at the end of a long day in the sand and so they will be packed with the essential kit, as will some chilli flakes to liven up the dried food that will sustain me throughout the week.

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

Salted peanuts.

What will you be listening to on your iPod?

I never actually run with music and so I guess I will be listening to the sounds of the Sahara, whatever they may be, and the curses of other runners as they question why they signed up to run 150 miles through the Sahara desert.

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

The next challenge.



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