Meet our MDS team for 2021
Here are the brave runners taking on the Marathon des Sables to support ex-servicemen and women
Walking With The Wounded has a tradition of turning up to the Marathon des Sables in numbers, and we are back in force for 2021.
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 currently have a team of 19 amazing people who are support ex-servicemen and women through the charity's programmes. Is it on your bucket list? Get in touch with Tom Grimshaw (01263 863 902 / firstname.lastname@example.org).
Introducing our team of fundraisers:
1. Sean Clark – Founder and director of online marketing agency Clark St James
2. Rob Gibbs – Ex Blues & Royals, now financial services consultant with GFT Group
3. Glen Watts – Ex Royal Welsh, now operations manager for security services company GardaWorld
4. Josh Hignell - Director of Operations at Blast Event Hire
5. Duncan Murray - ex pro rugby player and corporate wellness consultant for the London Fitness Co
6. Emma Carpenter - Pilates instructor for Enhanced Movement Studio
7. Jamie Maker - Global Business Director for Hogarth Worldwide
8. Andrew Smallbone - British Army Lieutenant Colonel and Vice President of the Army Officers Selection Board
9. Ryan Vander Weit - ex 101st Airborne Division, US Army, and now Warrior Health and Fitness Program Director at HomeBase.org
10. Lucy Giles - British Army Colonel, first female commander of Sandhurst and currently President of the Army Officers Selection Board
11. Peter Mossop - Former professional yacht captain and financial services director, now a private property developer and investor
12. Douglas Hayter - University student
13. Katie Hislop - Royal Engineer, swimmer, mum, wife; 20 years on from first completing the MdS, up for the challenge again
14. Christopher Gaskin - ex military, operations director for a private healthcare company
15. Aiden West - Subsea consultant, and regular attendee of our Cumbrian Challenge
16. Jack Fleckney - Director of ShireFit, a new type of gym making fitness fun
17. Jules Widdowson - Personal trainer, triathlon coach and owner of Surrey Sports Training
18. David Cobbald - Fund manager at Pension Protection Fund
19. Paul Rossington - Consumer and Retail Analyst at HSBC
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.
Walking With The Wounded teams at the Mds
Could you be part of our team for 2020? Here are some highlights from our teams taking part in the Marathon des Sables - the world's toughest footrace