It is possibly the most deceivingly named race on the planet. Over seven days and six stages, participants in the Marathon des Sables run, stumble, burn, stink, hallucinate, cry and bleed across 156 miles of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. They carry
better in the morning. And of course, it does.I found out that I had a place at the 26th Marathon des Sables just three months earlier. The six-stage, seven-day race, which takes place in southern Morocco every year, might attract runners from all over
is 34 hours) so people are starting to emerge from their tents to go over to the finish and cheer them in. I'm not feeling too tired because I didn't run but I'm still nervous about the marathon stage tomorrow. Grimacing with every step takes a little
This week my attention turned to kit – whilst I’m busying myself covering weekly mileage it’s dawned on me that something’s missing – a back pack filled with a week’s supply of calories and sleeping equipment! Our friends at Salomon have provided me with a robust rucksack that wi...
over 100 miles in one go appals me. I ran 50 miles last year in the Alps and had to be jolted out of a near-death experience with a shot of adrenaline. The Marathon des Sables might have been longer than the Jordan thing, but at least they made you
hope I can make it through - we have a marathon tomorrow followed by 10 miles on Saturday.Jamie's words say it all - it doesn't get much tougher than the Marathon des Sables. If you're as awed by his progress as we are at RW Towers, you can sponsor
With just days to go now until the race - I fly out to Morocco on Thursday - it is all getting very real!I had some pacing commitments for RW last weekend in Hastings; it saw me pit my wits against the notorious Hastings hill, which was not I was particularly looking forward to g...
all). I made the decision around mile 17 (when it started raining as I was half-way up another hill) that I would do the marathon course and not the ultra course - which is an extra 7 miles (not the advertised 10K) after checking in at the finish
After a tricky last couple of weeks, battling a few niggles and sitting on my arse, I’m back running. Following on from the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series in Devon, I had a low-key week as planned with a few short runs and a longer run at the weekend.I started the day of my l...
and even the Sahara, with a 12th place finish in the Marathon des Sables in 2010.Then disaster struck. Cracknell suffered a serious brain injury during the Race Across America last year when the mirror of a truck travelling at 75mph struck him from behind
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