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Marathon Des Sables 2020

Jim will be competing for the 8th time at the Marathon Des Sables. On this occasion he will be raising money for Walking With The Wounded, supporting those who served.

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Jim is part of a team of 20 aiming to raise a total of £25o,000

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About Walking with the Wounded.

Supporting those who have served in the Armed Forces

WWTW supports those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families, empowering them to regain their independence, thrive and contribute in our communities.

10 Years anniversary

Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment.

Provide support

We recognise the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and want to complement these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace.

Veterans

This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.

Marathon Des Sables

An extraordinary race for extraordinary people in an extraordinary place.

The Marathon des Sables is the stuff of legends. It is The Toughest Footrace on Earth (Discovery Channel). MdS is a truly gruelling multi-stage adventure through a mythical landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments – the Sahara desert.

You have to be self-sufficient and carry all your own food and equipment for the week on your back. Communal goat’s-hair Berber tents are pitched every night but, apart from that you have to take it with you. Water is rationed and if you exceed the ration, you get a time penalty.

What do competitors face?

In just six days you will run over 250km (156 miles) through endless dunes, over rocky jebels, and across white-hot salt plains. The sun will be your constant enemy with temperatures regularly reaching 50 centigrade. The sand will be your constant companion, clouds of it under your feet, sheets of it stinging your eyes and lots of it chafing where it shouldn’t. The long stage has become a legend in itself. You will run out of a Saharan morning, into the dusk and then the dark, many not finishing the 80+km (52 miles) till well into the next day. Your feet will swell, crack and bleed under the pressure and the heat. But none of this will matter when you cross the finishing line – a hero.

In Summary

  • 250+ kms (156+ miles)
  • 6 stages over 7 days
  • A long stage of 80+ kms (52+miles)
  • Self-sufficient but with water rations and tent supplied
  • Temperatures of 50+ degrees centigrade

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Jims Story

Jim will be competing for the 8th time at the Marathon Des Sables in 2020.

Jim will be competing for the 8th time at the Marathon Des Sables in 2020 and each time he has raised significant sums for a variety of worthy causes. His 2020 entry is devoted to raising money for Walking With The Wounded which supports those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families, empowering them to regain their independence, thrive and contribute in our communities.

Jim was brought up in the military family his father serving for 24 years before settling down in Dover at a time when it was very much a military town. Jim, therefore, had no hesitation in joining the Walking With the Wounded team in attempting to raise £250,000. Every race Jim has entered has been entirely self- funded, so every penny donated has gone to his chosen charity.

Jim is well known in his home town of Dover as a successful entrepreneur and a supporter of many local and not so local causes and charities. In recognition of his many social and service commitments a few years ago he was awarded the accolade of being made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of South Foreland, the highest award that can be given to an individual (other than Life Membership) by a Rotary Club and last year (2018) he was given the honour by Dover Town Council of being made an Honorary Freeman of the Town in recognition of his many activities for the benefit of other people. He is a man dedicated to supporting and contributing to worthy causes.

In Jim’s quest to deny ageing he will be once more attempting to complete the great Marathon des Sables. Each year he has indicated he would be competing for the last time and 2020 may well be the year in which this becomes a fact. There can be no better reason for supporting his 2020 entry so do please consider a donation, large or small, in the knowledge everything raised will be solely for Walking With the Wounded.

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Please support Jim and if you could pass on the details to friends and family in the hope that they too could donate something Jim would very much appreciate your support and commitment. Walking With The Wounded, established in 2010, supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. It is a most worthy cause.

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