In April 2004, writer Ben Hammersley ran the Marathon des Sables, the world’s toughest foot race. "This is an account of those 7 days, 240 kilometres, 120 degrees and 28,000 calories of pain and joy." Oh, and by the way: Mr. Hammersley is also known as DangerIsMyMiddleName, one of Monkeyfilter's newest arrivals. I wonder what could possibly have inspired his logon name?
"The Sahara is not just the classic dunes of The English Patient. The majority of the running we did was over vast plains of sand, gravel and rocks the size of tennis balls... Blow a knee out on the overnight stage, and you’d have to pull your emergency flare to call the helicopter. Blow it in the middle of a plain, and you’d have to wait for a passing marshal’s Land Rover to pick you up...It was only the first day, and people were already being withdrawn by the doctors for foot trauma."