Stage 1: Bonjour! News from the Sahara Desert

Stage 1 complete!

Phew, that was something! 46 degrees apparently and it is going to get hotter!!! But what can I say: it is simply magical and awesome to be back here. I did it in about 5 hours. Someone put in a massively long hill right before the finish in the heat of the day which never ended and then the longest 3km to the bivouac – not sure who measured that one. It was a beautiful day though, stunning to run through the oueds and jebels, urged on by many beautiful (but dirty handed) children at points. I ran with some great folk at variuos points and was 4th into my tent just ahead of Sam (539). The competition is fierce at the front and also with the female Brits… I think just finishing in this heat is going to be an achievement. All toes intact and so far blister free.

It is just incredible to be here again. Tiyanjane I can hear your voices. Catherine I carry your heart, wings and star with me. I love you all! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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2 responses to “Stage 1: Bonjour! News from the Sahara Desert

  1. Malcolm Molyneux

    Brilliant Harriet! I bet you feel as if it was only yesterday that you were on your first MDS. There’s a team of wild supporters down here in Malawi – all willing you on. Well done for Day 1. Will try to find how to send you messages, but meanwhile hope this will get there. Malcolm & Liz, Malawi.

  2. Nick Halfhead

    Malcom – if you go to the MDS website at:

    Click on the “Write to a competitor” link top left. Select Harry’s number (428) and then fill in all the boxes.

    Hope that helps,


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