Sahara Sunday

Marathons des Sables

My Marathon-Running son (age 39) is in the Sahara.

He arrived on the 6th and the photo is of the sun going down over the tents on Friday night, his first night in the desert. It was posted on Facebook by the Marathons des Sable photographers.

He and his team of 5 other Chartered Surveyors are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

They will be running 6 Marathons in 6days – Whaaaaaaaaat!!! Crazy!

They “will run over 250km (156 miles) through endless dunes, over rocky jebels, and across white-hot salt plains.” A quote from the website.

I am glued to the Marathons des Sables Facebook Page as there are real time videos, photos and interviews – I haven’t seen Ralph yet though.

He will have a GPS tracker on him when he’s running and he tells me I will be able to follow him – a dot on a map – when he is racing.

The wonders of technology.

His first race starts at 9am (10am here) when at last the months of gruelling training is going to be put into practice. I have to admit I have butterflies.

Go Ralph!

39 responses to “Sahara Sunday

  1. Sending good luck to your son. Best wishes

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  2. Beautiful Picture 😊

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  3. Wow!! That’s Amazing! 😃
    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂

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  4. I’m utterly in awe of a challenge like that and so pleased to hear that the first run went well. Here’s hoping the other five (!) are as successful.

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    • I find it incredible, not only that my son is doing it but that there are 977 competitors and some have done it multiple times – there is one French man who has done it 29 times!!!!!
      Ralph took 7 and a quarter hours over tough terrain to do 39km today, but he’s sounding quite chipper in his email to the family. All of his team finished – only 9 of the 977 had to withdraw at various stages along the route – absolutely spectacular photos on the Facebook page.
      Thank you for your good wishes.

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  5. Sounds like quite an adventure!

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  6. Go Ralph indeed!!! That’s an amazing thing to do but I’m not surprised you have butterflies! It will be tough!! Fabulous photo he’s taken… 😊❤️❤️❤️

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    • It was great to see a photo of him fresh and elated after the race yesterday – not so nervous today – there is so much coverage on the Marathons des Sables Facbook page, it is like being there without the sand …. and the heat!

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  7. Wow! That’s impressive, good luck to him and his colleagues.

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  8. Murtagh's Meadow

    Looks like an amazing place to run a marathon.

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  9. Laurie Graves

    Go, Ralph, indeed! Best, best, best to him!

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  10. Indeed, a hundred cheers for Ralph and his team! 😳👏

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  11. What a wonderful thing to do and for such a worthy cause. I wish Ralph and the others the best of luck. 🙂

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  12. what a very brave man, Ralph is, along with his team of runners and all the others taking part! I’ll be thinking of them all over the next 6 days!

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  13. Lisa at Greenbow

    Good luck Ralph and the rest of his team. It sounds like a grueling challenge. What a beautiful place to be running.

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  14. Wow! That’s some challenge!! Good luck to him and his team 🙂

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  15. That is very impressive. And a wonderful cause.

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  16. Three cheers for Ralph. We really do appreciate what he is doing for Macmillan Cancer Support, and what they do for us. Mr E and me. xx

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