Dom Begins his Journey for The Marathon Des Sables

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It wasn’t long ago that Gould Managing Director Dominic Blakey, flew across to Morocco to tackle the gruelling Marathon Des Sables or MDS. Ranked as the toughest footrace on earth, this 256km ultra marathon (which is equal to 6 marathons), runs through the Sahara desert in the 50-degree centigrade heat.

Dom has been training consistently over the past few months since we last posted a blog about The Marathon Des Sables, including a 90 mile 3 day Ultra along the Ridgeway and the Pilgrims Ultra on Sunday 7th February on the North Downs. He is now making his final preparations (no more running) and packing bags with food and other provisions for the race. Read previous blog article here

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Leaving the UK on Friday 8th April, Dom flew to Morocco, before a coach transfer to Ouarzazate where all participants stayed before the race itself begun on Sunday 10th April. Each participant has to take a bag full of provisions that will last the full race, including food, and will be issued with a GPS tracker to track progress around the course. Progress can be monitored by friends, family and anyone interested to see Dom’s progression here Each day, the organisers list the day’s results with times and positions.

The race finishes for competitive purposes on Friday 15 April and the presentations will take place on the Friday night. The event finishes with the charity stage on Saturday 16 April. After the race, Dom will finally fly back to the UK on Sunday 18th April.

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And the reason for this epic challenge? Dom is raising money for Walking with the Wounded, an amazing charity working on behalf of some amazing people... our veteran servicemen injured mentally or physically in defence of our country. He has a fundraising target of £25,000 and has currently raised over £17,000. Any sponsorship you can afford, however, little or much will be hugely appreciated. Dom’s sponsorship page

Here at Gould we are supporting Dom all the way and as well as sponsoring the challenge, will be following his progress closely from the moment he starts. We certainly wish him all the best of luck with The Marathon Des Sables!

About Walking With the Wounded
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Walking with the Wounded (WWTW) fund re-education and re-training for physically and mentally injured service men and women, who do not have the skills nor the confidence to start a different career path. WWTW work to restore their self-confidence and get them back into work so that they can continue to support themselves and their families.

Visit Walking with the Wounded, to find out more.

To Support Dom

Take a look at Dom’s sponsorship page