“The Marathon des Sables is the stuff of legends. The gruelling multi-stage adventure through a mythical landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments – the Sahara desert”. The Discovery Channel called it, “the toughest footrace on earth”.


Competitors come from all over the world, over a thousand individuals from forty countries; men and women of all ages, sizes and abilities. The MDS is hard if you’re an elite runner, competing for a top ten or a top one hundred place. This race is hard on individuals who just want to get round and finish.

Learn more about how I trained for this race, the lessons learned and hear from other women who have raced. 

 Where we chat MDS

Sarah Williams

Psychological demands and overcoming mental challenges. Plus training for and running the Marathon des Sables

Selina McCole

43 year old married mother of 2 who ran the Marathon des Sables 2016!

Dr Laura Gush

Running The Ironman and Marathon Des Sables with No Background in Sports. Qualified Dr and PT

Fiona Oakes

The vegan 'Queen of the Extreme’ - A British marathon runner, who holds three world records for marathon running

Anna-Marie Watson

Ultra endurance athlete & performance coach, training for the UTMB

Alice Morrison

Alice Morrison racing in the Tour D’Afrique from Cairo to Cape Town on a bike and running the Marathon Des Sables

Tough Girl Sahara Challenge! 

Learn everything you need to know

My goal with this book was to provide you with all the information you could possibly need to do the MDS.


It also tells you my story, my journey from city worker to adventurer.


This book will entertain, inform, educate and inspire you, to think about your own personal challenges.

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