It’s week two of the Easter holidays, so I’ve been enjoying my time away from the computer but I’m here this evening to give an update on Marathon des Sables as being run by Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes completed the first stage of the Marathon des Sables on Sunday 5th April 2015. He finished the 36.2km run in the South-Moroccan Sahara in 8 hours, after battling the extreme heat, uphill climbs and sand dunes.
The route started across rocky terrain but soon moved into a small jebel (mountain) climb. At 22k Sir Ranulph Fiennes crossed a dune field followed by a long, arduous ascent under the burning midday sun.
Rory Coleman, Sir Ranulph’s trainer added: “We did well today and kept a steady pace overtaking quite a few people. Eight hours under the scorching desert sun is tough but we’re in good shape for tomorrow. It’s back to the bivouac now to put our slippers on, have a protein shake and get to sleep as soon as the sun goes down.”
Sir Ranulph Fiennes said: “It was a tough day, going up the dunes is the hardest part especially under the midday sun. My shoulders are sore from the pack and my right foot needs looking at. I’m not thinking about tomorrow until tomorrow.”
Sir Ranulph will now spent the evening resting in a bivouac before starting the second stage Monday morning.
Day Two of Marathon des Sables
The Marathon des Sables is a six day ultra marathon, covering a total of 251km in 50 degree centigrade heat. Sir Ranulph is hoping to become the oldest Briton to complete the toughest footrace on Earth, to raise money for the charity Marie Curie. The money raised will help the charity provide care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their families.Sir Ranulph Fiennes just before the first steep climb on day two of Marathon des Sables ©LizScarff Sir Ranulph Fiennes Marathon des Sables day two
Day three of Marathon des SablesDay three on the start line the camels bringing up the rear ©LizScarff FieldcraftStudios
Sir Ranulph Fiennes leaving the start line on the third day of the Marathon des Sables ©LizScarff FieldcraftStudios
SIr Ranulph Fiennes crossing the desert in the Marathon des Sables ©LizScarff Fieldcraft Studios Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Rory Coleman at checkpoint one day three from the MDS 3 ©LizScarff_FieldcraftStudios Sir Ranulph Fiennes setting off from checkpoint 2 ©LizScarff FieldcraftStudios
Tomorrow Fiennes to face toughest day yet in desert marathon as Sir Ranulph Fiennes, 71, will face the infamous ‘long stage’ of the Marathon des Sables on Wednesday 08 April 2015, in his attempt to become the oldest Briton to complete the race, and raise funds for Marie Curie.
The notorious fourth stage of the race is 91 kilometres (56 miles) this year, making it the longest ‘long stage’ in the 30 year history of the event and could take the explorer over 20 hours to complete.
Having already covered over 100 kilometres (62 miles) in the last three days, Sir Ranulph is feeling the effects of the 100 degree Fahrenheit heat, particularly on his heart following two heart attacks and undergoing a double heart bypass in 2003.
Marathon des Sables information, donating pages and social media
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 www.mariecurie.org.uk/ranulph
Marie Curie Twitter
Marie Curie Facebook
Marie Curie Pinterest
Please follow the hashtag #RunRanRun on social media.
5th April race starts 9am local time.
6th -10th April 2015 –2nd, 3rd, long and marathon stages.
11th April 2015 Race finishes, last stage Race finishes, last stage.
I am part of a crack team of social media supporters who are getting involved in the project to cheer him on.Thanks Chris of Thinly Spread for enlisting my help.I will be helping to share the story of the event in real time, with exclusive pictures and video to share with my readers and social media followers during the race.