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MARATHON DES SABLES
 

Shak and Al’s Marathon des Sables
 
At the start of April, after over a year of training, Al Brierley and Rob Shakespeare started and finished the 25th annual Marathon des Sables, a 160 mile, 6 day self-sufficiency running race in the Sahara Desert, dubbed "The Toughest Footrace on Earth".

Competitors from all around the world take part every year and with 1,100 on the start line on Day 1 it was the largest field ever assembled.  It was also the longest and hottest MdS on record with the thermometer continously residing above 40 degrees celsius and hitting 55 on a couple of days!  Just for good measure, all runners have to carry all of their kit for the week, including the obligatory food, stove, clothes, medical kit and sleeping bag, all squeezed into a rucksack.

Peter the Puffin was of course 'on hand' to support and run with the boys and whilst the climate and environment were quite a long way removed from what he’s used to, all the globetrotting that he has done in recent years had clearly prepared him well for the Sahara desert.
Peter even became the first puffin ever to line up in the front row of the start line of the Marathon des Sables, mixing it with Mohammed Ahansal, the ultimate winner of the race (for the 5th time) and one of the world's best ultra marathon runners.

Just over 900 people finished the race - Al and Rob managed to crawl over the line in 439th and 440th position.

Marathon des Sables

Marathon des Sables

Marathon des Sables

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