Archive for March, 2013

The Marathon des Sables… Could You Do It?

Marathon des SablesSo- want to do the Marathon des Sables, but wondering whether it may be too tough? Could you actually do it?

There’s no doubt that the MdS is a serious undertaking and one which should not be contemplated lightly. You will need to train- this is not a race you can blag unless you have a very good level of running and walking fitness. I am not exactly the greatest endurance athlete in the world, but I trained gradually over two years.

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On The Wishlist- the Grand to Grand Ultra

What is it?

Grand CanyonThe Grand to Grand Ultra is the first- and, so far, only- self-supported footrace in North America. The race takes place in September each year. It starts from the jaw droppingly scenic North rim of the Grand Canyon and finishes on the Grand Staircase- hence ‘Grand to Grand’.

Just like the MdS you have to carry everything you need for the week except a tent on your back- food, equipment etc. You will also need to supply a medical certificate and ECG before the race.

How Far is it?

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The Belvoir Challenge

The Belvoir ChallengeOnce a year the peaceful Leicestershire village of Harby, set amongst the rolling countryside of the Vale of Belvoir, is disrupted by hundreds of runners and walkers thronging to take part in the annual Belvoir Challenge. First ran in 1990 this is a 26 mile challenge walk that has grown in popularity year on year- so much so that the event usually fills up weeks in advance.

The Belvoir (pronounced ‘Beaver’) Challenge is organized to raise funds for the village primary school by the ‘Friends of Harby School‘. A shorter route option of 15 miles was added some years ago and has now proved to be even more popular than the marathon option I had decided to tackle today. The school children themselves love to get involved, and can be seen helping to man the checkpoints, clear up the hall or even completing the shorter route alongside their parents.

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