Living and working in Saudi Arabia has opened up a whole raft of different opportunities that wouldn't otherwise be available. One of these "opportunities" is being able to test my physical and mental strength by training in the desert heat, which led me to the decision to take on the exciting challenge of the Oman Desert Marathon; a 160+km multi-stage race across the Oman Empty Quarter.
The race is unsupported, meaning that I will be carrying all of my food supplies, sleeping bag, mat etc. with only my water being replenished at checkpoints. I'll be mainly traveling across sand dunes (some parts being described as the Alps of the desert!), and I'll be averaging daily distances of 30km, with penultimate stage being a night marathon (which I am genuinely looking forward to!). The dates for the event are 18-23 November.
As a serving member of the Royal Signals in the British Army, I'll be running this event for the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund (RSBF); a charity dedicated to helping current and former servicemen and women, as well as their families, in times of hardship. The support that RSBF provides comes in many forms; financial aid, housing, training courses for future employment outside of the forces, funerals, and much more.
My training is well underway, and I've already put in several hundred kilometres under the relentless Saudi heat and scorching sun. I am extremely dedicated and focused on completing the challenge, and I hope that you can show your support by sponsoring me!
This is a charity that is close to my heart and I hope you can dig deep for the cause.