Welcome to Redway Runners one of our newest club members David Forbes who last week ran the Marathon Des Sables (MdS) – the toughest footrace on earth – to raise money for mencap, www.justgiving.com/forbesmds
He finished in 214th place – well into the upper quartile and just behind the elites and way beyond his expectations. He coped with the extreme conditions better than much fitter competitors, particularly on the 52 mile double marathon.
On the final marathon stage, with the 200 elite athletes having a separate start an hour later, he emerged from the first set of sand dunes at the 3km point with only one runner who had followed him. The rest of the field started appearing at various points in the dunes behind, he said ‘It was a surreal experience having the rest of the MdS field following me for a few minutes. Even more bizarre was a few hours later as the elite athletes caught up. On a narrow section I heard a voice saying ” excusez moi”. I moved to one side to let past El Mouaziz (two times winner of the London marathon and runner up in this years MdS).
Well done David and welcome to Redway Runners