The Marathon des Sables, or MdS, is said to be “the toughest footrace on earth” by the Discovery Channel. Competitors have to take on 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 have to 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.
All the funds raised by the endeavours of the MdS team will be allocated to our programmes that support vulnerable veterans with mental health difficulties. This year our aim is to raise at least £250,000 (click here to see how much we’ve raised so far). Please do support our intrepid and brave runners.
This year wounded veteran Duncan Slater will be returning to the Sahara for his 2nd attempt at completing the gruelling challenge and become the first ever double leg amputee to finish the MdS.
Last year Duncan made it to the end of the long stage – Day 4, which is the double marathon day. Unfortunately, due to significant damage to his legs, he had to withdraw from the race, but has spent the last year working on his fitness, diet and working with some ground breaking new prosthetics experts to improve performance and hopefully, his chances of completing.
Duncan’s journey to completing the challenge this year will be followed by news channel, ITV, who will be accompanying Duncan to the desert with a media team sending live footage of his journey back to the UK for coverage on the 6pm and 10.30pm news bulletins.
Find out more about Duncan and our team of individuals 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