Heads in the Sand – Marathon des Sables “The Toughest Footrace on Earth”

We are delighted to announce that Mark Mortimer, Headmaster of Warminster School, and Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College, are running the Marathon des Sables next month to raise money for the construction of teachers’ houses at St Michael’s Girls’ Primary School in Uganda. The 32nd Marathon des Sables will start in the Sahara Desert on 7th April. Competitors run 6 stages over 7 days in temperatures of around 50oC to complete the 250km (156 miles) course.

Endurance challenges are not new to Mark or Julian, between them they have rowed across the Atlantic and walked to the South Pole, but running in the burning, moving sands of the Sahara Desert will be very different from the ocean waves and freezing temperatures they have previously endured and conquered.

As well as the demands of being Headmasters of successful Independent Schools, they have committed themselves over many months to the intensive training needed for this gruelling race.

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