In April 2018 I will be attempting to complete the Marathon des Sables, a multi-day ultra-marathon that involves running 250km over 6 days through the Sahara Desert. With temperatures reaching 50 degrees, the sun will be my constant enemy. The sand, my constant companion - clouds of it under my feet, sheets of it stinging my eyes and a load of it chafing where it really shouldn't...
This is a self-sufficient race, where I will carry all my food and equipment for the week. With only communal tents and rationed water supplied. Exceed the rationed water and you face a time penalty; request more water three times and you face disqualification.
By this point you're probably wondering why I'm stupid enough to embark on such a challenge. I am doing so to raise money for Anthony Nolan in memory of my Dad who passed away in May 2013.
Every day, Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with a blood cancer or blood disorder. They do this by matching incredible individuals willing to donate their stem cells, to people who desperately need a lifesaving transplant. They also carry out cutting edge scientific research, fund specialist post-transplant nurses and support patients and their families through the transplant process and beyond. They won’t stop until they save the lives of everyone who needs a stem cell transplant. Every penny you donate brings them closer to that day.
If you'd like to know a bit more about the incredible work that Anthony Nolan do then please have a look at their website - https://www.anthonynolan.org/
And to learn a bit more about MdS then here's their website: https://marathondessables.co.uk/
Every penny of every donation will go directly to the charity, your donations will not be used to subsidise the cost of my entry/flights/equipment etc.
Thank you - please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.