Our Chief Exec, Adam Share, has signed up for the grueling ultramarathon across the Sahara Desert. The challenge involves 6 days of running and hiking through the desert covering a total of 156 miles (250km). There’s a 52 mile long stage (equivalent of two marathons), in which many runners end up continuing long past night fall and well into the following day.
At night, he will be sleeping in a communal 8-man tent. During the day, he’ll be in the baking sun, which regularly reaches temperatures of 50°C. Water is rationed, and anything else including food, sleeping bag, and venom kit must be carried by the runner in a backpack.
The Marathon des Sables has been dubbed ‘the toughest footrace on Earth’ and it’s easy to see why – competitors run across sand dunes, up sandy and rock climbs, and through dried river beds. At the start of the race, the organisers play AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’, which sums up the long days ahead! For most runners, each day is just about crossing that finish line before the cut off time.
Previous competitors include Sir Ranulph Fienes and double Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell.
Adam is running the Marathon des Sables to raise money for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. The Donna Louise is a charity providing support to children with life limiting conditions and their families.
>> Click here to read about Adam’s journey so far and why he’s decided to undertake this incredible challenge.