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Fundraisers to take on Marathon des Sables for the #RMfamily


Two fundraisers, Chris Goodall & former Bootneck Rus McDonagh are set to take on a multi-stage marathon of epic proportions in the Sahara deserts, helping to raise funds for The Royal Marines Charity.

The Marathon Des Sables (MDS) is a 254KM race that takes place over six days,  with the distance being the equivalent of running from London to Dover, deciding not to go to France after all and running back in 120-degree heat, whilst carrying all the necessary equipment.

Taking on this incredible feet, Chris & Rus have both chosen to help raise funds for The Royal Marines Charity.

As you would expect, both expect the heat to be the biggest challenge they face during the race. Rus Mcdonagh, a former Royal Marine, served in the Corps for 8 years, and like most Bootnecks is extremely proud of it. Having experienced Iraqi summers, Rus knows exactly what conditions to expect.

With no opportunity to complete any heat acclimation before he heads out to complete, Rus has been preparing by running around the park with multiple layers on, with previous work operations in hot conditions holding him in good stead!

Although I have never needed the help of the Royal Marine Charity myself, the more I read and hear about them, the more I am glad to have chosen them.

Rus Mcdonagh

In his preparations, Chris Goodall has run over 700KM since January, averaging 2-3 marathons per week. He additionally attended a specific training camp in Lanzarote at the start of the year, helping to prepare him for the event and giving him the opportunity to meet some of the other competitors, some of which have completed the MDS one or more times.

“I recently read Sir Ranulph Fiennes interview of when he completed the MDS in 2015, he was asked what the best bit of the race was for him, he said the finish where put two fingers up to the camels!  I’m looking forward to giving the camels the victory V!”

Chris Goodal

As well as being a gruelling challenge for Chris, he has taken the opportunity to raise money for some charities that are close to his heart. The MDS is the final part of a 3 part challenge, having completed a half ironman in June of last year, followed by Ironman Barcelona in September, at which he smashed his personal best time and finished in 9 Hours 54 minutes. Chris has had fantastic support so far, with over £5K raised by family and friends so far.

If you would like to make a donation to either, please find below their fundraising pages.

Rus McDonagh:

Chris Goodall: