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Meet our MDS team for 2020

Here are the brave runners taking on the Marathon des Sables to support ex military


Walking With The Wounded has a tradition of turning up to the Marathon des Sables in numbers, and we are back in force for our 10th anniversary in 2020.

The MDS is known as the 'toughest footrace on earth' and involves running 6 marathons in 6 days across the Sahara. As one past fundraiser described it, it's "the equivalent of running from London to Dover, deciding not to go to France after all and running back again in 120 degree heat, with a backpack on and voices in your head talking about cold beer!"

It's an event that requires determination, mental strength and teamwork to succeed.

There is a rest day after the longest stage, but it may well take you into that day before you get to the finish. Competitors stay overnight in a bivouac village, comprised of tents that sleep about 8 competitors per tent - and your 'bivvy' team become your family, your support team, your nursing team and invariably they become long-term friends.

Walking With The Wounded is part of the history of the event now after Duncan Slater became the first double-leg amputee to finish the MDS and another team member, Tom Evans, recorded the highest-ever British finish, coming 3rd in 2017. 

We started with a team of 10 for 2020 but due to fantastic demand increased it to 32 (four tents of eight) so we can raise more and support even more ex servicemen and women through the charity's programmes. Is it on your bucket list? We're currently putting together one more tent... so get in touch if so, for 2020 or 2021.

Introducing our team of fundraisers:

1. Sean ClarkFounder and director of online marketing agency Clark St James

2. James Lough – Served 10 years in the British Army before recently joining Zodiac Maritime

3. Ben Williams – Ex Royal Marines, now co-founder of Vanguard Global Solutions and inspirational speaker

4. Ed Parker – Ex Royal Green Jacket, co-founder & CEO of WWTW, completed the MDS in 2016 and back for more

5. Tom Wilkinson – A coaching psychologist with lifeprint.fit

6. Rob Gibbs – Ex Blues & Royals, now financial services consultant with GFT Group

7. Chris Rosindale – Agency operations director for Yopa Property

8. Glen Watts – Ex Royal Welsh, now operations manager for security services company GardaWorld

9. Harry Whitbread - former British Army Captain and now MD of London Speaker Bureau's US operations. 

10. David Cobbald - Portfolio manager at the Pension Protection Fund

11. Jules Widdowson - Ex Army Reservist and lawyer turned personal trainer and therapist at Surrey Sports Training

12. Simon Harris - Ex RAF, now a security operations manager for EasyJet

13. Josh Hignell - Director of Operations at Blast Event Hire

14. Aubone Tennant - Ex Infantry officer, now Director of Wifinity and co-founder of BillForward

15. Michael Doerr - Co Founder of OenoFuture

16. Duncan Slater - Ex RAF Sgt wounded in Afghanistan & first-ever double leg amputee to complete the MDS, back for more to mark 10 years since his amputations

17. Paddy Moore - Served with Duncan Slater, was close by when Duncan was injured and helped him complete the MDS in 2017

18. Jim Gleeson - Owner, Cullins Yard Restaurant in Dover

19. Paul Rossington - Analyst for HSBC

20. Duncan Murray - ex pro rugby player and corporate wellness consultant for the London Fitness Co

21. Emma Carpenter - Pilates instructor for Enhanced Movement Studio

22. Jamie Maker - Global Business Director for Hogarth Worldwide

23. Harry Downes -  Former Captain in the 17th / 21st Lancers, now MD of Fizzy Living

24. Andrew Smallbone - British Army Lieutenant Colonel and Vice President of the Army Officers Selection Board

25. Ryan Vander Weit - ex 101st Airborne Division, US Army, and now Warrior Health and Fitness Program Director at HomeBase.org

26. Lucy Giles - British Army Colonel, first female commander of Sandhurst and currently President of the Army Officers Selection Board

27. Toby Mossop - Managing agent for Chartwell Speakers

28. Harry Mossop - Security consultant

29. Peter Mossop - Former professional yacht captain and financial services director, now a private property developer and investor

30. John Clark - Ex military and now an injection moulding technician for Plunkett Associates

31. Jonathan Seal - Director at private equity firm Beaubridge

32. Douglas Hayter - University student

33. Katie Hislop - Royal Engineer, swimmer, mum, wife; 20 years on from first completing the MdS, up for the challenge again

34. Issy Crowley

35. Bill Tomlin - Head of Recruitment at BT

36. Christopher Gaskin - ex military, operations director for a private healthcare company

Want to join our team? Read more here or contact Andy Sloan at Walking With The Wounded on andy@wwtw.org.uk

Want to donate? See our team VirginMoneyGiving page and individual pages here

Want to watch a documentary on WWTW at the MDS? Click here to see a film about on of our past MDS teams including GB Olympic skier and BBC presenter Graham Bell 

Want to take on an event but after something a little shorter? Check out our Cumbrian Challenge.