12 Jan

Ranulph Fiennes Takes On Marathon Des Sables

Ranulph FiennesWorld-renowned adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is to run the 'toughest footrace on earth'  the Marathon des Sables. Sir Ranulph, who turns 71 in March, is hoping to become the oldest Briton to ever complete the race.

Sir Ranulph is no stranger to physical challenges, holding several endurance records despite having suffered two heart attacks, undergoing a double heart bypass, a cancer operation and an ongoing fight with diabetes. He said of his plans: “It’s going to be a challenge, but I’ve been assured my heart is mechanically up to it. The next three months are going to be full on with intense training. I can’t wait to get out there, and raise lots of money for Marie Curie in the process.”

Taking place in the Western Sahara this April, the Marathon des Sables is a gruelling six day ultra-marathon which covers 251 km/156 miles in over 50 degrees centigrade heat.  The race includes the distance of up to a marathon a day for five days and a double marathon one day, with runners having to carry everything they need including their food and water on their backs. 

To donate to Sir Ranulph’s challenge visit his Just Giving page  or text RUN to 70007 to donate £5 plus a message of support to Sir Ranulph. To follow Sir Ranulph’s challenge visit the Marie Curie website