Mike Jackson, ITM Operations Director, has been a keen marathon runner for many years having previously tested himself with the London, Brighton and Amsterdam marathons, and several other "ultra" long distance running events. This year he decided to test himself with what is considered as the ultimate endurance running challenge on the planet. The Marathon des Sables (MdS) is the stuff of legends, with The Discovery Channel describing it as The Toughest Footrace on Earth.
About the MdS Challenge
MdS is a truly gruelling multi-stage adventure through a mythical landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments – the Sahara Desert. All food and equipment, apart from communal goat’s-hair Berber tents, will have to be carried by Mike in his rucksack. Water is rationed and if he exceeds the ration, he will get a time penalty. In just six days he will run over 250km (156 miles) through endless dunes, over rocky jebels, and across white-hot salt plains. The sun will be his constant enemy with temperatures regularly reaching 50 centigrade. The sand will be his constant companion, clouds of it under his feet, sheets of it stinging his eyes and lots of it chafing where it shouldn’t. The long stage will be particularly extreme and will see him running out of a Saharan morning, into the dusk and then the dark, many not finishing the 80+km (52 miles) until well into the next day. His feet will swell, crack and bleed under the pressure and the heat. But none of this will matter when he crosses the finishing line…
Mike’s training regime has included;
MdS, some key facts
“As part of ITM’s 2017 charitable fund raising, I am using my epic MdS challenge to raise money for Keech Hospice Care
Please take a moment to visit my Just Giving page and maybe donate a pound or two. Thank you!”
13/04/17 – Image added from the live tracking site.
That's the toughest Stage 4 completed, hopefully he's asleep in his tent.