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Hay

Just wondering if anyone here has finished or taken part in the Marathon de Sables?
 

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An old boss of mine did it. He also finished the Dublin Marathon in 2'47", both at the ripe old age of 45 (apologies for calling 45 year olds "ripe").

I watched a program about it on the box the other night. Holy Crapoli! :sick:
 

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not done it... know a few that have.
pretty damned expensive to for entry & travel... and thats before buying specialist kit.. training events in the build up etc

= TheMdS.co.uk Home Page = has a VERY active forum.
 

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I must admit to being incredibly stupid or incredibly brave as I completed the MDS in 2003.

Fantastic experience.

An even better one is the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon - same format as MDS.(index). I did it in 2007 (badly) and am going back again this year.

You may have seen on the forum that I keep trying to promote it. Yes the organisers are friends and yes I am their UK agent but the main reason I plug it is because I love the event.

As I am not very brave I must be incredibly stupid.
 

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I looked into it after watching the program. It costs around £3000 to enter. That is before your flights, equipment, etc.

Not for the feint hearted, or the skint!
 

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I must admit to being incredibly stupid or incredibly brave as I completed the MDS in 2003.

Fantastic experience.

An even better one is the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon - same format as MDS.(index). I did it in 2007 (badly) and am going back again this year.

You may have seen on the forum that I keep trying to promote it. Yes the organisers are friends and yes I am their UK agent but the main reason I plug it is because I love the event.

As I am not very brave I must be incredibly stupid.
I didn't mean it in a bad way and if that's how it came across I apologise.
I think that someone would be brave to do this run. I mean 120F temps and sandstorms not to mention the sand!
I would love to do it but honestly, I don't think I could.

All I'll say is well done. That is some achievement!
 

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Hey guys,

If anybody is interested in learning a bit more, theres a new interview with a guy who finished the event last year. It's available on endurancesource.com homepage, the interview also includes the Diary he kept during the event!

It sounds very painful! Muchas respect to those brave enough to dare!

It helps to inspire the rest of us to keep going!:d
 

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I didn't mean it in a bad way and if that's how it came across I apologise.
I think that someone would be brave to do this run. I mean 120F temps and sandstorms not to mention the sand!
I would love to do it but honestly, I don't think I could.

All I'll say is well done. That is some achievement!
I took the comment in the spirit it was intended so no need to apologise. Most people could do MDS - it is not about being incredibly fit it is about having the right mental attitude. Success comes from managing, managing your water, your food, your spirits and your feet.

It is a life changing experience I would recommend to anyone provided they go into it with their eyes open and a little bit of fear so that they prepare adequately.

Go on commit to it and start planning.
 

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Good.

I bet it would be a life changing thing to do and something you could be incredibly proud of completing many years in to the future.
But unless I suddenly win the lottery, get a boss who'd be ok with me taking 2 weeks off to run a marathon and also find a netball team that would allow it as well.
It won't be happening til I'm much older!
And by then I may even have the guts to do it!

And considering you've done it, I reckon you should tell us all about it....... your experiences. Might help people who plan to do it in the future..?
 

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My lad raced to the North Pole a couple of years ago (320 nautical miles- 368 land miles) and it was about
50 miles from Resolute Bay to the start line at Polaris Mine I think.
 

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Hi guys looking to run the marathon des sable just wondering if any one has any ideas on some of the cost that i'll have to incurr
 

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MdS really isn't that hard. If you are fit and mentally tough then it's quite good fun.

The thing that makes it hard is the stomach bug that seems to knowck out the British every year.... oh and the floody we had this year.
 

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I looked into it and just thought that anyone who enters this is either incredibly stupid or incredibly brave.

It looks like one hell of a challenge!
Or incredibly affluent!!

Everest Marathon is much cheaper and you get a holiday thrown in!
(Could be a lot harder though. especially if you don't acclimatise to the altitude
http://www.everestmarathon.org.uk/next-race.html

I've had three friends who have tried it (Everest) - one nearly died and had to be brought down to a lower altitude quickly
(but then was fine), one thought he was literally going to die before the start and had to set off at a very slow walk
but as he got lower he picked up and was running strongly at the end. The other had an uneventful run but said it was tough.
 
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