The Marathon des Sables

Become fearless when you participate in the toughest foot race on earth! The Marathon des Sables is a truly immense 250km multi-stage ultra marathon through a mythical landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments – the Sahara desert. You have to be self-sufficient and carry all your own food and equipment for the week on your back as you make your way across the sand dunes. 

What you'll face on the MdS

After touching down in Morocco, in just 6 days you will run over 250km (156 miles) through endless dunes, over rocky jebels, and across white-hot salt plains. The sun will be your constant enemy with temperatures regularly reaching 50 centigrade. The sand will be your constant companion, clouds of it under your feet, sheets of it stinging your eyes and lots of it chafing where it shouldn’t. The long stage has become a legend in itself.

You will run out of a Saharan morning, into the dusk and then the dark, many not finishing the 80+km (52 miles) till well into the next day. Your feet will swell, crack and bleed under the pressure and the heat. But none of this will matter when you cross the finishing line – a hero.


Every year a team of incredible people take on this truly epic event raising hundreds of thousands of pounds – could this be you?

When you join Team Hope you will receive:

  • Training and fundraising tips from our MdS Alumni & Hope Supporter, Elisabet Barnes
  • Regular updates – to show how your efforts make a massive impact
  • Hope for Children smiley Vest or T-shirt
  • Personal support from the Hope for Children team 
  • We also arrange a runner’s meet up prior to race day where you can meet the rest of the running team and discuss training programmes and fundraising tips

Team Hope Details

Check out all the key information you'll want to know about the Marathon des Sables and joining Team Hope for the 2020 event. We're sure you'll have lots more questions about the MdS so make sure you register your interest at the bottom of this page and our team will be happy to answer all your questions.


  • Event Date: April 2020 (TBC) - we are now recruiting for the MDS 2020. If you are interested in 2021, please enquire

  • Registration Fee: £500 - secures your place in the MdS 2020 event. 

  • Fundraising Pledge: £8,000 - could provide 175 vulnerable children with the books & uniforms needed to attend school for a whole year.  

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Apply now for a place in the MdS 2020...

Fill out our Interest Form below to let us know you're interested in taking part in the Marathon des Sables and our fundraising team will be in touch shortly to tell you more about the event, and learn more about why you want to take on the ultimate desert ultra marathon.