Abi conquers Sahara race

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Running a marathon is one thing, but running six in as many days, across the Sahara desert is quite another, and it’s exactly what Abi Gooch signed up for.

The Marathon des Sables is a 250km run across the African desert, with athletes carrying their own equipment to survive the terrain.

Policewoman Abi, a mum of two and regular member of David Lloyd Redway Runners, completed the race in 36 hours and 46 minutes and was 12th woman to cross the line out of 917 finishers.

To support Abi and her chosen charities her fellow running club members organised various fundraising activities achieving in excess of £2,000.

Abi also raised an additional £2,000 via direct sponsorship and support.

“Completing the Marathon des Sables was one of the toughest challenges of my life,” she said.

“I had prepared myself both physically and mentally so was confident I could run the distance.

“But the heat of the Sahara and being self-sufficient for the week made it even more difficult.

“It was a roller coaster of emotions, especially on the long 81.5km stage, however the thought of all the amazing support back home kept me going.”

But while she’s proud of her finishing position, Abi’s not too keen on seeing sand again.

She added: “My finishing position, as 12th female, far exceeded my expectations but I don’t fancy a beach holiday any time soon!”