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Marathon des Sables 2016

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Samantha Fletcher

Why did I sign up to the MdS

Kind of by chance. I was looking to do another challenge after a couple of years out after a knee op. I had completed 8 marathons and was ready for another when an email from the CEO of my company, Chestertons, popped up at the end of July last year. The CEO announced that he would be offering his place with Walking with the Wounded charity for the 2016 race, as he would not be able to take part this year.

I love running and was really missing it so, despite being daunted by the scale of the challenge, when I saw Robert’s offer to take on the MdS for Walking with the Wounded I jumped at the chance and, low and behold, he picked me! This is the story so far.


Obviously my place came with this charity attached but I have been inspired by the stories of servicemen and women who return from duty with very serious injuries and who are determined to rebuild their lives. It is truly incredible what physical and mental obstacles they must overcome. Walking with the Wounded gives support and courage to our injured servicemen and women and I am proud of our armed services and proud also to be running for WWTW.

How’s your training going so far?

I really chucked myself in to my training program last year and it felt great to get my running legs back. Unfortunately, I had a little blip and my left knee decided to protest. I miraculously had an operation just before Xmas and have now resumed training. I am determined to do my very best and to raise as much money for this incredibly worthy charity as possible. I have overcome many injuries in my running career and I’m determined to do myself proud by completing this event.

What do you see as the biggest challenge?

For me the biggest challenge will be running in the heat of the Sahara Desert. I’m was encouraged by one of the speakers at the MdS Expo who explained the science around the human body acclimatising itself and am therefore incorporated long sessions in the sauna within my training plan.

What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the MdS?

I have a pillow that I used when competing in the Four Peaks Challenge and that will definitely be going into my basket!

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

I have been advised to stir clear of Cliff Bars and being more of a savoury person will be taking some crisps as one of my luxury items. What I will not deprive myself of is my morning coffee, which will be top of my list.

What will you be listening to on your iPod?

I love listening to dance music, but while running the MdS I am going to mix it up and one of my son’s has made me a play list which incorporates a very diverse combination from Rap to Coldplay.

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

I will be overwhelmed with the sense of achievement and a glass of white wine at the end will be like nectar upon finishing the MdS.

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