Submitted by Steve on 08:53, 8th Apr, 2014 | 0

Currently Darren Carre is on day 3 of the Marathon des Sables 2014. He finished his second day in an amazing 8 hours 3 minutes and 594th place and his first day in 7 hours 7 minutes and in a fantastic 552nd place.

This Blog is written by the very brave Darren Carre or Daz as his friends know him -

I am currently embarking on an adventure (or torture as some say!) of a lifetime in which I hope to raise £2000 for each of my chosen charities.  So if you've seen me out running in even the most horrific of weather, this is why!!

The Challenge:

To compete in the Marathon des Sables 2014, which is a self sufficient, multi-stage ultra marathon across 150 Miles of Moroccan Sahara Desert.  It’s the equivalent of completing 6 marathons in 7 days in the 50 Degree (c) heat of the Sahara Desert with a 10k pack on your back which contains 7 days worth of food (2000 Kcal minimum per day) and items such as sleeping bag, mat, survival kit etc.  Water is rationed at each checkpoint in the race which is roughly 10k - 15k apart.  The toughest of these stages is Stage 4 which is a 50 mile double-marathon stage which you are given 34 hours to complete.  The terrain covered will range from solid crusty ancient river beds and salt flats right up through small mountain ranges and of course sand dunes as far as the eye can see!  I am giving myself a goal of finishing in the top 500 just to make the challenge a little more interesting !!!!

The Charities:

My two chosen charities are our own "Specsavers Childrens Charity" and the "GSPCA".  If you feel charitable and would like to support my challenge you can donate to my charities on one of these links:

Specsavers Childrens Charity


Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager 'We are very grateful to Daz Carre for taking on this huge challenge and nominating us as one of his chosen charities.'

'Anyone who takes on a challenge for charity is a real hero but I think this is one of the biggest challenges anyone has taken on to raise funds for the GSPCA.'

'Daz completed day two yesterday in 8 hours 3 minutes to go and we wish him all the best of luck and thank him from all of the team and animals in our care that we rescue every day.'

If you can spare a minute please send him a note - receiving e-mails when I did it last year was a massive source of strength and the best part of my days out there. Here's the link, and Daz is no.537. Cheers!

To see some of the videos from the race check out


29ème Sultan MARATHON DES SABLES : Good Morning... by marathondessables

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