October 31, 2018, at 3:15pm
156-mile ultra-marathon over 6 days!
Henry Foster (C 99), William Heneage (LH 99) and Tom Hounsfield (C 99) are Team Desert Dambuster. They have been busy training to prepare for the world’s toughest ultra-marathon event – the Marathon des Sables which they will take part in April 2019. They hope to raise much needed funds for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) - The Soldiers’ Charity.
The event itself is a 156-mile foot race, held over six days in the Sahara Desert. The longest day is 57 miles in temperatures that regularly exceed 50 degrees Celsius. Competitors must battle dunes, rocks, blisters, sun, dehydration and crippling chafe to reach the finish. Water is strictly rationed, and competitors must carry everything except their tents (competitors sleep in communal bivouacs each night) on their own backs. It is an event that is certainly not for the faint-hearted and one that each member of the team, the ‘Desert Dambusters’, is determined to complete.
More information can be found via this link.
We wish Desert Dambusters all the best for the marathon in April next year.