5th April 2017
Good luck to MDS runners!
Good Luck to all Marathon Des Sables Competitors! Here's our free MDS guide (In case you missed it the first time!)
Nine years ago, after the Marathon Des Sables, XNRG (Extreme Energy) Ultra Marathons were born. Founder Neil Thubron wanted to create family-feel ultra events that would help desert hopefuls prepare for the world's toughest foot race - and the first Druid's Challenge, three days along on the Ridgeway was the first XNRG multi-day race.
"In just six days you will run over 250km (156 miles) through endless dunes, over rocky jebels, and across white-hot salt plains. The sun will be your constant enemy with temperatures regularly reaching 50 centigrade. The sand will be your constant companion, clouds of it under your feet, sheets of it stinging your eyes and lots of it chafing where it shouldn’t." - Marathon Des Sables
Here at XNRG, we see so many Marathon Des Sables competitors-in-training at our events across the year, so it's always such a special time just before the MDS. This is an increasingly tough race to get into, and once you're in, the race is a gruelling test of endurance and utter determination. Well done to everyone who'll make it to the start line in the forthcoming race this week, good luck with your 156 miles and we'd like to say a special good luck to the amazing Kevin Webber who will be once again, raising money for prostate cancer.
Some last minute reading, our free MDS guide
Taking part in a desert race is a fantasic experience and great challenge. It should not be under estimated, but should also not be over complicated. Remember to keep it simple. Most of all – enjoy every minute from when you get on the plane to when you have a celebratory beer or glass of wine or a coke in the bar at the end. Here's our free guide, there may be some handy points for you to remember when the going gets tough in the deset. Remember to enjoy not just endure!
- Team XNRG