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Meet the WWTW MdS Team 2020 - Josh Hignell

The Marathon des Sables (MdS) is a grueling race across the Sahara Desert, and it attracts thousands of runners every year. Over the years, WWTW has invited different teams to take part in the event on behalf of the charity and this year we have our biggest team yet! In our latest interview, Josh Hignell shares some thoughts on why he is taking part and how he is preparing for the race:


1.    Why did you sign up to the MdS? 

I wanted to try a multi stage marathon for a while now, and thought if I am going to do one then I should take on a marathon that pushes me to challenge myself. I also want to do this for a good cause, so I have decided to raise money for charity too.  I heard about the MdS and thought it looked like a fantastic challenge so why not give it a go!

2.    Why have you chosen to support WWTW? 

Walking With The Wounded are such a worthy and commendable charity that give the most deserving people, whom have sacrificed so much, a second chance.

3.    How is your training going – what have you done so far, which milestones have you hit and are you happy with where you are so far? 

My training has been a little interrupted, I suffered a knee injury back in April, it took months of physio and resting it before it was okay again. Therefore, I am not as far along as I would have liked at this point.  That being said, I have started to increase the weekly mileage and I am doing The Druids Challenge in a couple of weeks, which will be a good shake down.    

4.    What do you see as the biggest challenge? 

The long stage of the race. This is a 52-mile stint and I think many people see it as a challenge.

5.    What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the MdS? 

You need to be self-contained whilst running the MdS, so you need to carry all of your possessions on your back whilst running. That said, I am going to take an inflatable pillow. A good night’s rest will enable me to run to my full potential.

6.    What item of food are you taking which is your treat? 

I am not taking too many treats with me, but I will take a bag of Skittles!

7.    What will you be listening to, to help you through the marathon?

I won’t be listening to music; instead, I’ll focus on listening and responding to my body

8.    Is there anything, which you know you will be looking forward to at the end, before even beginning?

Simple! A Fanta Lemon & a shower.

 

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