So… What Is The Marathon Des Sables?

Every year, around March or April, around 1000 ultra runners and endurance athletes gather in the Sahara desert hoping to complete the Marathon des Sables, otherwise known as the ‘Toughest Footrace on Earth’. I first heard about the Marathon des Sables (or MdS as it’s more commonly known) around 8 years ago, when flicking between channels I caught a documentary about it. My initial reaction was ‘no way could run that!’ but then I noticed something… many of the competitors were actually walking through the desert rather than running. I remember thinking that if I didn’t have to run it all then it could quite possibly be achievable- and a little obsession was suddenly born…

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Tragedy In Nepal

On Friday 28th September, a Sita Air plane bound for Lukla, Nepal, crashed on the outskirts of Khatmandu shortly after take off. It is not yet known what caused the crash, but all 19 people on board were killed.

Amongst them were seven British guys and their local tour leader, on their way to the Khumbu region to undertake a 16 day trek in the Everest region of the Himalaya.

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