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Barnsey tackles the Sahara Desert

February 5th, 2014

In April 2014, former Bath prop David Barnes will take on one of the toughest races on earth to raise funds for Restart. The Marathon Des Sables is an extreme challenge comprising 6 marathons in 6 days across the Sahara Desert.

That’s the equivalent of running from London to Dover, deciding not to go to France after all, and running back again… in 50 degree heat… carrying your kit and food on your back…!

Known simply as the MdS, the race is a gruelling multi-stage adventure through a formidable landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates. The 156-mile route changes every year and is kept secret from competitors until the day before the event starts.

Barnsey has been training hard for months to prepare for the task ahead: “Now that my rugby career has ended I’m always looking for the next challenge. The Marathon des Sables has been on my wish list for a long time and now it’s only weeks away. Restart is a great cause and I’m hoping I can raise a significant amount for the important work the charity does to support retired and injured players.”

This is not the first challenge David has undertaken for charity. He climbed Kilimanjaro in 2009 and 2011, raising over £200,000 for a number of good causes, including Restart.

Joining him will be team mates Stuart Doughty and Martin Hewitt, who both share his love of adventure. Stuart accompanied Barnsey on his last Kilimanjaro trek, and Martin is a former soldier who was wounded in combat before taking part in the 2011 North Pole Expedition supported by HRH Prince Harry.

Together, the three team mates hope to raise £100,000 for their chosen charities: Restart, Help for Heroes and Bath Rugby Foundation.

Good luck lads!

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