The day before the start of the Marathon des Sables can be defined in one word: faff. We spend the early morning unpacking and repacking our bags, attempting to shave a few last minute grams. Since we carry everything needed for the race (except for water and the bivouac tent) any weight that can be … Continue reading MARATHON DES SABLES: PART TWO
Simon - @simonruns Still can’t quite believe that I’ve actually run a marathon. I’ve watched the London marathon for years and to think that I’ve now finished that same race is crazy, and would have been totally unthinkable just two years ago. It wasn’t a perfect day for me, finishing slower than I think I’m capable … Continue reading The Morning Coffee Run Crew – THE BIG DAY
The final few days before I left for Marathon des Sables were a blur of hug filled goodbyes and concern laden good lucks. I packed and repacked my bags countless times and panicked more than I care to admit. But before long, as the songs goes, all my bags were packed and I was ready … Continue reading Marathon des Sables: Part One
I cannot believe how quickly London Marathon has come round this year. From a personal point of view the build up has been incredibly special. I can sometimes forget how truly magical it is to run a marathon but these five amazing first time marathoners have really reignited that magic in me again. I keep … Continue reading THE MORNING COFFEE RUN CREW – 2 DAYS!
So by now I will hopefully be about start day two of the Marathon des Sables and so I thought I would ask for you support for the next few painful days. There is no real phone signal when I’m out there so I won’t be able to get emails, read the comments or anything … Continue reading Words of Support
I have scheduled this post to go live on the day I start the Marathon des Sables. Right now as you sip that coffee or eat that slice of cake I have 9ishkg on my back, sand beneath my feet (and probably already in unholy places) and sweat pouring from every inch of me. I … Continue reading The Start Line
This evening I set off from London to Morocco and the start of the Marathon des Sables on Sunday. In the sleeplessness of the last few nights with nerves coursing through me like electricity I’ve looked back at everything that has led to this. Truth be told it feels like every race whether it be … Continue reading It’s All Led To This
As the start line draws ever near, I thought I would share two more weird and wonderful experiences I have had in the build-up to the Marathon des Sables. Heart My Marathon des Sables was almost over before it began as the doctors unearthed a heart condition, I had been completely oblivious to. To take … Continue reading Heart & Heat
As the race nears, I’ve had a lot of people on social media ask why I signed up for the Marathon des Sables in the first place. It is a fair question, why would someone who only five years ago couldn’t even run a kilometre let alone 250 of them across a bloody desert choose … Continue reading Motivation
There is no way around it, no way to dress up the words in falsehoods and certainly no way to filter the fear with a hashtag or two: I am nervous. The desert of the Marathon des Sables is coming whether I am ready or not. For those of you who follow me on social media … Continue reading Doubt.