MyWhereAbouts - MDS 2013

On the 5th April 2013 John & Andy will be set off running the 28th Marathon Des Sables in aid of the Coeliac's Society, Alzheimer's UK along with donations also going to their local sports clubs, (Egerton Football Club & Poynton Sports Club) and we are asking for your support.

The Challenge:

The Marathon Des Sables is a 6 day 165 mile self-sufficient endurance race across the Sahara Desert in 40 degree heat! Billed as "The toughest foot race on the planet"

John & Andy will need to carry all their food and supplies for the duration of the race with water being rationed to them on a daily basis.

Finishing the Marathon Des Sables will conclude a 2 year journey for the pair that started with Andy "˜running' the 2010 Nantwich 5km Santa Dash and subsequently deciding to change his approach to life then John quickly agreeing to join him on the challenge.

The Journey so far.....

From a standing start in the December 2010, Andy weighed in at just over 15st, smoked too many cigarettes and had taste for a daily intake of Vina Sol!

Living a significantly healthier and more active life style than Andy, John tipped the scales at 15.2st but similar to Andy, John worked away a lot and liked to have a drink or 2 or 3 or 4........

Achievements & Races

So since December 2010, Andy has stopped smoking, they've ran the following races, training hard and on 1st January 2012 they kicked alcohol into touch with neither of them touching a drop since then which some of you will know is a pretty good effort from them both!

They've lost a combined weight of 5st with Andy now weighing 12st and Jon 13st and to be fair to John he is taller than Andy so will always carry a few extra pounds :-)

2010 Nantwich 5km Santa Dash
2011 Liverpool Half Marathon
2011 Edinburgh Marathon
2011 Liverpool 10k Tunnel Run
2011 Hell Runner "˜Up North'
2011 Liverpool Marathon
2011 Liverpool Half Marathon
2012 Brighton Marathon
2012 Manchester Marathon
2012 Chester Marathon
2012 Wilmslow Half Marathon
2012 Macclesfield Half Marathon
2012 Winsford 10k (We won the Team event)

2012 Hell Runner "˜Up North'
2012 Conwy Half Marathon
2012 Tatton Yule Stomp
2012 Great Scottish Run (Glasgow)
2012 Liverpool Marathon

Apr 2013 - Marathon De Sables (Result Pending)

So that's it, the journey so far......

Follow us on Twitter @MyWhereAbouts or for updates on our training

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Thank you for your donations and support

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John Toms 
Poynton, North West England, United Kingdom
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