Marathon des Sables: 31 March 2011
Renowned as one of the toughest footraces on Earth, the event took place over 6 days / 156 miles across the Sahara Desert in Morocco. We recently returned having battled sandstorms, scorpions in our bivouac, temperatures as high as 57 degrees and blistered feet, all whilst crossing sand dunes (including Erg Chebbi, the highest dunes in the Sahara), rocky paths and towering djebels. Approximately 5% of the field of 850 dropped out before the final day due to the tough conditions and brutal terrain. With gritted teeth, determination and plenty of paracetamol, we all managed to cross the finish line. Our final positions are below:
Matthew Hearne - 205th (39H17'35)
Richard Taylor - 225th (40H04'56)
Mark Lewis - 427th (47H44'00)
Gemma Tetlow - 582nd (53H54'31)
It was an amazing experience and a huge achievement for everyone to actually finish the race. The scenery was truly stunning, although next time we hope to admire it from the relative comfort of a camel.
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