Marathon des Sables

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See below for details of our 2015 team.

In 2015 we entered our 2nd team into the Marathon des Sables, known as the toughest race on earth.  19 runners are taking part and fundraising for us. We are so grateful to them for their efforts.

// Please enable JavaScript to view the broadcasts powered by ContactEngine.   We are delighted to have the generous support of Virgin Money who are sponsoring our MDS team places for us. As with all of our expeditions, the charity does not fund these endeavours, ensuring that all donations go directly to what we do – securing employment for our wounded servicemen and women. All funds raised by the endeavours of the MDS team will be allocated to our Head Start programme. We hope that knowing how many people the team is helping through their funds raised will spur them on when the going gets tough in the sand. Head Start is Walking With The Wounded’s programme to address the increasing needs of ex-service personnel suffering with mental injuries and sits alongside current provision through the NHS and other relevant charities. Research suggests for every physical injury there will be five mental injuries. For Iraq and Afghanistan alone we believe there are as many as 22,000 veterans suffering from mental health problems as a result of their service. More information on this programme can be found on our website. For more information on the race visit

Our Team:

Keith Senior

Graham Bell

Ibi Ali

Mark Wise

James Watson

Vicks Nicholson


Nichola McAlpine


Claire McCahill

Ian Kennett

Simon Grove


Patrick Westropp

Rob Bartlet


Mark Dingley


Ian Knight

Trevor Collet


David Clarke


Lloyd Parsons

Jonathan Lucas Frost


Paul Harris

We are delighted to have the support of the following organisations who are also helping our MDS team.

Bob Woodruff Foundation

We are very grateful to The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) for their support of Mark Wise, our US wounded team member . The BWF are sponsoring Mark’s MDS place with flights to enable him to take part, and we are very pleased to be continuing our involvement with them.


Our very generous communications partner who will provide satellite phones and the required air time to enable our team to leave voice blogs to update our MDS followers on their progress.


Skins develops specialised compression training gear which is proven to aid muscle repair through encouraging blood circulation and therefore oxygen provision to the muscles. We are very grateful to Skins for their provision of training gear to the WWTW core team.


Torq develops specialist training products for consumption before, during and after intense activity and training. We are very grateful to Torq for providing energy gells and muscle recovery products to the WWTW core team.


We are delighted that BUFF® have come on board to support us with WWTW MDS 2015 branded BUFF® Headwear – an essential item of kit for the desert to protect from sand and sun, and one for which we will be very grateful!

Mountain House

Thank you to Mountain House for heavily discounting their delicious expedition meals for the WWTW MDS team.

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