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Meet the MDS Team 2021 - Jamie Maker

In October a group of 19 runners will be heading out to the Sahara Desert to take part in the Marathon des Sables, one of the toughest endurance races in the world where participants will run 156 miles in 7 days. In the run up to the race, we are introducing you to some of the team. Next up we have Jamie Maker, Global Business Director for Hogarth Worldwide.

Why did you sign up for the MdS? 

The experience! It’s one of those challenges I have been aware of for some time, and it was something on my bucket list. I cannot wait to see the spectacular scenery, be in a place so alien to me and so far out of my comfort zone.

Why have you chosen to support WWTW? 

I have always been inclined to support military charities with donations. In my younger years, my hope was to join the RAF as a pilot, but as a teen, my eyesight began to deteriorate and I needed glasses, so my hopes of being a pilot were dashed but my affinity for the Armed Forces remained, and my support limited to donations. But, the lure of the MdS and the huge support WWTW gets for the event was too good an opportunity to miss, and pushes me to actively support such a great cause. 

What are your top tips for keeping motivated while training?

It's tough, given all the changes and postponements, but talking to others in the same position and knowing I will be out there ONE DAY is all I need to keep going. 

What one piece of advice would you give to someone interested in running the MdS?

Connect with others also doing the MdS. I'm someone who always trains alone and is very happy with that, but having others to talk to who are also preparing for MdS is something I have found to be essential. Having support, sharing thoughts and ideas on preparation and just encouraging one another. 

Sometimes training can be tough – what gets you through the difficult days?

Knowing that there is a bigger goal than anyone training run. 

What are you most looking forward to during the event?

Being totally cut off from the World and striving towards the same finish line with everyone else.

What will you be listening to to help you through the marathon?

There might be a few rock tunes to lift the spirits and keep me going, but more than likely it’ll be lots of podcasts.

How has your fundraising been going? Do you have any advice for other fundraisers?

Fundraising is definitely an area I need to improve on, but it has been difficult with all the changes to dates. My big push will start up in August through to the event and beyond. 

If you would like to donate to Jamie, you can do so here.