matt sims

I learned about the Marathon des Sables about 10 years ago and it fascinated me. The fascination manifested in to a desire to complete it. Like most people life can get in the way of achieving your ambitions and that's what happened to me.

I was told early on that you should tell as many people as you can that you are running the MDS and that you should do it for a charity. Both of these are incentives to see through the commitment and not find an excuse to back out - Best Beginnings is a fantastic charity supporting families during challenging times.

My fundraising target is £8,000 - as this will enable Best Beginnings to support 500 families for a year with Baby Buddy. (£16 a family for Baby Buddy for a year).

I've taken part in sport my whole life and running has always been a passion, but in more recent years exercise took a back seat. I decided last year that I wanted to achieve some of my bucket list ambitions.....the MDS was one of them.
So for the last 10 months I have been spending hour after hour running...a good thing in last years summer heat, not so good this winter at 6am running with a head torch cross country. In total I have run around 3,000km so far to get myself ready.

The race doesn't carry the title of 'the hardest footrace in the world' (not my words) for no reason...it's 250km across the Moroccan desert in April. It's definitely not for the feint hearted.

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