Marathon Des Sables 2019

by Ben Kirby in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

Marathon Des Sables 2019
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Raise funds for entry fee in order to complete the Marathon Des Sables 2019 on behalf of ABF The Soldiers' Charity

by Ben Kirby in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

Next April (2019) I will be running the 'Marathon Des Sables'....

The Marathon des Sables is described as the toughest footrace on Earth, a 7 day (6 stage) race across the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco. It is 156 mile (250km), with the longest stage being 52 miles. It is the equivalent of 6 marathons in 7 days. It starts on 6 April 2019. I will be running through the darkness and cold of the night in temperatures ranging from sub-zero to over 50 degrees. I will be carrying my own kit the entire way, which will weigh approximately 10kg. It will include all my food, equipment, food and some water. This will be carried across difficult desert terrain - mostly on sand - with many dunes!

And no - in case you're wondering, I've never done anything like this before. However, why do one when you can do six?

All donations are purely to help cover the race entry fee, all the equipment and other associated costs will be borne by myself.  I have a fund raising page if you just wish to donate to the charity, here is the link

I'll be raising funds for the ABF Soldiers' Charity

So if that isn’t enough I’ll then be undertaking the London Marathon a week later, I already have a place with 

'The Soldiers' Charity'. I can’t guarantee any land speed records, just to give it my all. 

Why am I doing this? I have served in the military since 1997, and have experienced the consequences first hand the effects of operational deployments both mentally and physically on an individual.  I wish to give something back.  The  Army Benevolent Fund (ABF),'The Soldiers’ Charity' is a military charity  which supports soldiers, veterans and their families throughout their lives.  They will be there to help anyone in the Army family whenever they may need it.

Why does ABF The Soldiers’ Charity exist?

We give a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. We make grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.

We take pride in being responsive, making a difference at a critical point in people’s lives. We have been doing this since 1944, working with veterans of every conflict, and we envisage continuing doing so for the ‘long haul’ – supporting all future generations of our soldiers and their dependants.

So please give generously....


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