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Not the MdS

With the Marathon de Sables (MdS) cancelled for 2020, one of our MdS runners, Harry, has decided to take is on his own challenge this September, aptly named ‘NOT the MdS’.


With the Marathon de Sables (MdS) cancelled for 2020, one of our MdS runners, Harry, has decided to take is on his own challenge this September, aptly named NOT the MdS’.

Harry’s new event will consist of 6 marathons in 6 (consecutive) days throughout UK national parks.

Undertaking the challenge from the 21st - 26th September, Harry will be joined by an MdS team mate plus a driver. They will start in the Peak District, before moving swiftly on to Brecon Beacons and then Dartmoor. That will be followed by two legs of the South Coast Walk one of which will be along the Jurassic Coast, finishing with a section of the South Downs Way.

Harry has already raised an incredible £13,400 out of his £15,000 target and hopes that his newest challenge will help him to meet his fundraising target.

We sat down with Harry to find out more about his challenge and why he’s decided to create his own ultra-marathon:

1.     What inspired you to create your own version of the MDS?

As I can’t do next year’s event, and as the proud owner of various items of lycra clothing, and a range of garishly coloured (and now strongly scented) trainers, I needed something challenging to validate the 18 months of training for MdS 2020. I also want to acknowledge my very generous supporters who have raised almost £15k for WWTW. So this seemed a worthy substitute.

2.     What part of your challenge are you most looking forward to?

The last mile.

3.     What will be the biggest challenge of your ‘NOT the MDS’?

The downside will be much more climbing, the likelihood of constant rain, and only one person to share witty observations with (instead of the entire MdS team).

4.     Are you hoping to head out to the Moroccan desert to tackle the MdS in the future?

Probably not – it’s a major commitment, and just not fair on my family to go through it all again.

5.      Why are you raising funds for Walking With The Wounded?

As an ex soldier who got though my service relatively unscathed, I believe that I owe it to my comrades who didn’t.

6.      What’s the best piece of advice you could give to someone looking to take on a similar challenge?

Do it when you are 25 not 65!

 

Inspired by Harry’s story? You can support him here or take on the MdS yourself and run for WWTW here