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Andrew Shirres

Andy Shirres's MdS 2009 Donation Page

Fundraising for The British Red Cross Society

144 %
raised of £2,000 target
by 116 supporters
  • Event: Marathon des Sables 2009, 01 Apr 2009

The British Red Cross Society

The British Red Cross, a charity incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

Charity Registration No. England/Wales 220949, Scotland SC037738 & IOM 0752


I'm raising money for the British Red Cross who do work both here in the UK and abroad. If you're able to spare any money for a donation it would be much appreciated. All money donated goes direct to the British Red Cross as this event is being entirely funded by me.

In March 2009 I will be entering the 24th Marathon des Sables, which is a foot race covering 151 miles (equivalent to 5 1/2 regular marathons) through the Sahara desert in South Eastern Morocco run over 6 days. In addition to that, I'll have to carry everything I will need for the duration (apart from a tent and water) in my rucksack (food, clothes, medical kit, sleeping bag etc). Water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint. The longest stage is approximately 40 miles long and the temperature can get up to the high 40 degree celsius! In short, its not the usual sort of weather that ginger haired people like hanging about in to much!

You can read my progress in training events on my JogBlog. Since I started keeping accurate records in February 08, I've run over 1500 miles in training. In my build up to the MdS I've entered the following races:

- Nottingham Robin Hood Marathon 2007 
- Wilmslow Half Marathon
- London Marathon
- White Peak Marathon
- Buxton Half Marathon
- Bullock Smithy (56 mile race round the peaks)
- Lincoln Spires and Steeples marathon
- The Beacon Ultra (47 mile race round the Brecon Beacons)
- Several Fell races

- London Underround (A marathon round the tube stations ofLondon)

- Marrakech Marathon

- Bramhall Centre Treadmill Marathon - A charity fundraiser with a difference


I've even been working hard on the media side of things:

facebook supporters group

- Manchester Evening News article

- Pure 107.8 FM radio interview

To send me messages during the race go to the organisers' website - - and look for 'Ecrire au concurrents/write to competitors'. In previous years, this hasn't gone live until the Sunday that the race starts (29th). I'm competitor number 732.




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