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Prepare for the Marathon Des 2018 - The World's Toughest Footrace with XNRG!

Marathon des Sables 2018 XNRG Preparation package

If you're anything like us, you were eagerly anticipating the progress of over 1000 hopefuls at the Marathon Des Sables 2017, with 1100 crossing the finish line in a year that saw more sand than ever before at the classic annual Sahara Desert race. It was brilliant to encourage all of our XNRG participants as they took on their great challenge. 

At this year's Marathon Des Sables, there were more Brits lining up on the sandy start line than seen in previous years. Over 100 of these trained at our events in the lead up!

But whilst it becomes more popular, it doesn't get any easier.

In fact, with longer stages (a 55 mile long stage!) and harsher conditions (more sand!) some might say it just gets tougher...

That's why we provide the perfect training events for MDS hopefuls. If you're preparing for the 2018 event, or just feel inspired and want to try your hand at going multi-day, check out our MDS preparation package.

The total package includes four XNRG multi-day events. In total you'll cover 190 miles on foot in seven days, at four separate events, and as ever you will be provided with food, accommodation, check point food and refreshments, massage and inspiring speakers to give you helpful tips. You'll also meet other MDS hopefuls, giving you a great opportunity to make friends ahead of your race, and ask questions to those who have been there and done it already! 

The MDS Prep Package 

Meet others racing - form tent groups - get tips and advice - cost-effective, multi-day training 

The 2 Race package start from just £250! Full Package £400 for 4 Events - price held for 2017/18!

The MDS Preparation Package 2018 offers special discounted combined entry fees for three of our most popular events, the Pony Express, the Druids Challenge and Pilgrim Challenge, PLUS a FREE entry to a 20 mile one-day kit run. The dates are as follows:

  • Pony Express | 14th - 15th October 2017, 60 miles, 2 days
  • Druids Challenge | 10th — 12th November 2017, 84 miles, 3 days
  • Pilgrim Challenge | 3rd - 4th February 2018, 66 miles, 2 days 
  • FREE Kit Run | 3rd March 2018, 20 miles, 1 day

Book the MDS Package 2018 >

Susie Chan at the MDS
XNRG's Susie Chan - right, competing in the MDS 2017

PLUS: Amazing feats of endurance - a special well done to the friends of XNRG!

We were glued to the live updates for this year's MDS, and would like to say a HUGE well done to our special friend Kevin Webber, who finished his second Marathon Des Sables to raise money whilst living his life to the full as a sufferer of prostate cancer. We'd like to say a huge well done too to our friend Elizabet Barnes of MyRaceKit, who won for the second time this year!

Congratulations to XNRG sponsored athlete Nathan Montague who finished in 21st place in his first year racing the Sahara. We'd also like to recognise the outstanding perseverance of XNRG regular Elaine Horsey who managed to finish the MDS at her 3rd attempt. Well done Elaine!

Finally, our very own Social Media guru, Susie Chan, finished the race after suffering difficult conditions and incredibly, pushed through to the very end. A huge well done everyone.

So, in 2018 - will it be you lining up at the start of the race? Find out more today. > 

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