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|Total Raised online:||£1,150.00|
|Total Raised offline:||£1,565.00|
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Hello and Welcome from Ian Yoxall -April 2012 Marathon des Sables
A MASSIVE THANK-YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HAS SUPPORTED my MdS RUN IN AID OF H4H THE off line total has peaked over £1565.00 witrh some other donations still to come in, That take the total to over £2600.00 !!!! AGAIN A MASSIVE THANK-YOU TO EVERYONE, OUR SERVICEMEN / WOMEN WILL BENIFIT FROM YOUR GENEROSITY, Thanks Ian.
2012 Marathon des Sables 6 day 150+ mile multi stage marathon across the Moroccan Sahara and Atlas mountains. You have to carry in your ruck-sac all your own food, bedding, medical equipment for the duration,
Why this IS the toughest footrace on Earth
It covers 243km/151 miles (in sections similar to 25, 34, 38, 82, 42, 22 km) run over 6 days (7 for some) - equivalent to 5 1/2 regular marathons. That's a speed of between 3 and 14 km an hour for competitors aged between 16 and 78). In addition to that, competitors have to carry everything they will need for the duration (apart from a tent) on their backs in a rucksack (food, clothes, medical kit, sleeping bag etc). Water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint.
You will have to prepare all your own food throughout the race, fire making equiment to boil water for your re-hydrated food and I warn you that there is not a chain of Tesco stores or corner grocery shops dotted around the Sahara. You will experience mid-day temperatures of up to 120°F, of running or walking on uneven rocky, stony ground as well as 15 - 20% of the distance being in sand dunes.
The heat, distance and rubbing will trash your feet and may cause severe trauma if incorrect shoes and equipment are used. Mental stamina probably constitutes at least 50% of whether you will complete the distance or not. Physical fitness is important but don't underestimate the mental stress that you will need to endure. Even if you have run dozens of 26 mile marathons, this does not mean that you will automatically find the MdS easy - either way you will be planning to do lots of training prior to the MdS.
On the 4th day, you will set off across the barren wilderness to complete a 45 - 50 mile stage. Few people complete this before dark that evening and some will not come in till after dark the next night. This is followed by the 42km Marathon stage!! Its tough, so don't say that nobody warned you in the strongest terms.
NB no port-a-loos either!!
I have decided to use this event to raise money for Help the Heros as I have worked and know lots of ex sevice men over the years and there the lucky ones that have come back in one peice, others have not been so fortunate and these fund will go a little
way to support them. To view the web that I applied through click
www.saharamarathon.co.uk This web site lists all the rules etc and for the official MdS page click
www.darbaroud.com which shows links to previous events. I aim to use the bmycharity site (owned by H4H) for on line support and locally collect funds with sponsor forms / collection tins in my work place, local watering
holes and possibly schools
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