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Simon to run Marathon des Sables for SSIT

 

Ranked by the Discovery Channel as the ‘toughest footrace on earth’, the infamous Marathon des Sables (MdS) involves running over 156 miles (that’s six regular marathons) in six days, across the Sahara Desert. On Sunday 18th September 2020, Simon will be joining 1200 other runners to take his place in this legendary race to raise funds for those with spinal injuries. To find out more click here.

Competitors in the MdS have to be self-sufficient, so he will be carrying his own food and equipment in temperatures reaching 50 centigrade. The long stage, of 52 miles on days four and five is the most daunting, involving running through the day and into the night.

“What I will face in this event, however, is nothing compared to those coming to terms with a life-changing spinal injury. My inspiration is Rob Butt who was Head of the History Department at Downside School until a tragic accident in Malta left him paralysed from the neck down.
“I will be covering the costs of the MdS personally so any money that you donate will be put to excellent use through the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust.”

You can support Simonhere, or if you prefer, donations can be made  direct to SSIT  here.