Running from Shadows

My Marathon des Sables . . . and beyond


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Is it hot in the desert?

I had to laugh. The 30th edition of the Marathon des Sables finished yesterday and with it Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ successful completion to become the oldest Brit at 71 years of age to finish this gruelling race. So what was so funny? Continue reading

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes to run Marathon des Sables 2015

Possibly the worst-kept secret in MdS-land, but it was officially announced today that Sir Ranulph Fiennes will aim to become the oldest Brit to have completed the MdS at its 30th edition in April: he’ll be 71! In the process he is hoping to build towards or reach his £20 million fund-raising target for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Continue reading


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“How I drank urine and bat blood to survive.”

Readers of my book might recall the story of Italian policeman Mauro Prosperi, the 1994 Marathon des Sables competitor who disappeared off the Moroccan Sahara course for 10 days and wound up in Algeria. In this recently published BBC News magazine article Mauro speaks of his near-death experience from that time . . .

Top tip: don’t get lost in a desert!