Monday 4th March, 2013

Nick takes the heat in Saharan Ultra-Marathon

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The Marathon des Sables is a gruelling six-day adventure through a formidable landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates. The rules require you to be self-sufficient, to carry on your back everything that you need to survive. You are given a place in a tent to sleep at night but any other equipment and food must be carried. This is how Nick Mackenzie has chosen to challenge himself to raise funds for Romsey Mill.

In an event dubbed ‘the toughest footrace on earth’, Nick will be running 156 miles over 6 days across salt plains, sand dunes and rocky terrain in temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius to raise money for Romsey Mill's Young Parents and Aspire Programmes. Nick says, “having forgotten how much a marathon hurts, I stupidly signed up to participate in the 2013 Marathon des Sables, a multi-day ultra marathon race in the Sahara desert”.

To prepare for this epic challenge starting on 7th April, Nick has run about 3,500 training miles, sits in a sauna every lunch break and has dragged Cat, his wife and Romsey Mill’s Children’s Centre Administrator, to all manner of weird races across the UK.

Nick says, “With your help I’m hoping something beneficial can come out of all this madness. Romsey Mill does a fantastic job supporting hard-to-reach young people”.

If you would like to sponsor Nick go to