WWTW’s team complete the 36th Marathon des Sables and raise over £106,000 so far to support veterans and their families
Dubbed ‘the toughest footrace on earth’ the Marathon des Sables (MdS) is an iconic ultramarathon. With the route stretching across the Sahara desert, participants must complete a 250 km, 6-day route, in scorching temperatures.
This year, a team of 19 runners took on and completed the challenge in aid of Walking With The Wounded (‘WWTW’). Fighting through heat exhaustion, blistered feet and aching muscles, the team has raised £106, 414.86. Their fundraising will support WWTW’s employment, mental health, care coordination and volunteering programmes.
WWTW MdS team member, Sean Clark, said, "The Marathon des Sables has been one of the most challenging personal goals I have ever set. Completing it after 3 years of training & 2 attempts is an inexplicable feeling. I owe my success in part to the WWTW team, my WWTW tent mates from both years, the head office staff & all the other WWTW team members that sent me messages of encouragement throughout the event. I share this medal with them, thank you!"
James Davis, WWTW Events Manager, commented, “Thank you to every member of WWTW’s MdS team. It was incredible to track their daily progress as they crossed the Sahara desert and to see how they worked together as a team to get to the finish line. Their collective fundraising is astonishing, and it will enable the WWTW team to deliver life-changing support to veterans and their families across the country.”
Thank you to everyone who accepted the challenge and raised vital funds to support those who served.
Ben Gallagher, Mat Poole, Harry Whitbread, Daniel Lansley, Pedro Dobinson, Tom Partington, Lt Colonel Andrew Smallbone, Rob Gibbs, Chris Rosindale, Sean Clark, Marcus Baker, Rob Buchanan, Emma Carpenter, Simon Harris, Glen Watts, Duncan Murray, James Ryan, Paul Rossington and Chris Clark.
If you feel inspired by this year’s team, sign-up for the 2023 Marathon des Sables. Registration is now open. Follow this link.