Well we're excited (?) to say that we've each managed to secure a place in the Marathon des Sables!
Anyone who has met us is well aware we are not built for running. In early October when Howie mentioned a desert marathon Henry assumed this meant pastries or cakes every mile, over six days; tackling a range of sweet puddings whilst occasionally breaking into a light jog. How wrong he was!
Having finally done some research we find that there is not an eclair in sight...miles and miles of sand and sweat lie in front of us and we are hoping that in between laughter at our pain, suffering, and humiliation (and chubb-rubb) you will be able to loosen off your purse strings and make a donation to, what we believe, is an excellent cause.
In early April 2019, we'll be arriving in the Sahara Desert to complete this punishing multi-day ultra-marathon, whilst raising vital money and awareness for a spinal cord injury (SCI) cure research charity, Walkoncemore. This will be a punishing event, but we're really looking forward to the challenge and hope that you’ll all get behind us as we prepare for it!
The MdS is a six-day, 254 km (156 mile) ultra-marathon (equivalent to six regular marathons), during which we will run across sand dunes, salt flats, mountains, and rock. Just to make things that little bit more taxing we will be traversing the course carrying everything we need to get us through the journey; food, cooking equipment, our sleeping bags, clothes, and every other essential supply required to survive this self-sufficient race. This is not what I was promised!
In the lead-up to this event, we will be conducting extensive sauna sessions in order to fully prepare for the heat of the desert and even, maybe, go for a jog.
All of this combined still doesn’t compare with how tough daily life is for millions of people around the World after falling victim to a spinal cord injury. In an instant, SCI robs the victim and their loved ones of so much. As things stand, once a person suffers damage to their spinal cord, it is almost always permanent, and the individual is usually left having to live with severe disability through paralysis. The research that Walkoncemore supports will one day make this a thing of the past. When that day arrives, new and old injuries alike will become temporary, allowing the person affected to regain full mobility. Funds raised will go only to the brightest minds in the field who are working tirelessly to make this happen as soon as possible. We are aiming to raise as much money and awareness as possible towards such a cure.
Anyone of us can be affected at any time by this catastrophic injury, so you could say that the work of such a charity is a bit of an insurance policy for us all. With that in mind, please dig deep. Every little bit really does help and will propel us round this difficult course. We are looking to raise a minimum of £10,000, but we may even exceed this with your kindness and generosity.
Many thanks in advance :)
Henry and Howie