Team of ultra-runners to conquer the Marathon des Sables in support of Walking With The Wounded

On 12 April 2024, a team of committed ultra runners, representing Walking With The Wounded (WWTW), a leading Armed Forces charity, will embark on the formidable challenge of the Marathon des Sables, navigating the unforgiving terrain of the Sahara Desert in just six days.

The Marathon des Sables, hailed as the ‘toughest footrace in the world’, is a gruelling six-day multi-stage ultra-marathon. Participants navigate the Sahara Desert, enduring extreme temperatures and rugged terrains whilst being self-sufficient throughout the race.

“The Marathon des Sables holds legendary status,” describes James Davis, Events Manager at WWTW. “It stands as the ultimate test in ultra-running. We are grateful to our team of 10 runners undertaking the MdS to support WWTW. Their upcoming challenge will be daunting, yet every donation they raise will directly contribute to transforming the lives of veterans and their families, offering crucial support in employment, care coordination, and mental health.”

The WWTW team comprises Ed Scott, Tony Anderson, Ben Norfield, Tim Neill, Zukie Tandathu, Simon Roche, Tristan Peniston-Bird, Calum Blow, Charlie Langley, Oliver Brown,

Renowned runner, world-record holder, and leading ultra-running coach, Rory Coleman, is supporting the team. With 15 Marathon des Sables finishes and over 1,000 marathons under his belt in a 25-year running career, Rory’s expertise are invaluable.

“I have had the privilege of coaching the WWTW team through their Marathon des Sables training & preparation,” says Rory Coleman. “Having completed the race 16 times myself, I have been able to share knowledge, tips, and tricks that will aid them in tackling one of the most extraordinary ultra-races in the world. There is no greater high than crossing the finish line on the final day, it is a celebration of life and a testament to how training and dedication can overcome any challenge. I am committed to ensuring the team finishes the race safely and enjoys their experience.”

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