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The toughest footrace on Earth

Joshua Bloom running with a crowd around him

Fans of marathon running or even the local parkrun event understand both the joy and pain of clocking up those miles. But what if you had to max out the mile counter while enduring one of the most extreme environments on the planet? Nature photographer and Mensa member Joshua Bloom will be doing just that when he takes on the “Toughest Footrace on Earth” next week.

The 250km Marathon Des Sables is a seven-day ultra-marathon across the Sahara Desert. Temperatures here can often exceed 50°C in the day and dip as low as 5°C at night. Joshua won’t just be running, he’ll also need to carry more than 10kg of gear, including food and cooking and sleeping equipment.

So why is Joshua undertaking this gruelling challenge? He has shared with us an inspiring video explaining his motivation, which includes raising funds to combat environmental destruction. He will also be running as an ambassador for a number of organisations, which promote a sustainable future for the planet and our relationship with it.

Joshua is raising money for two charities. ICEERS  works globally to defend indigenous rights and advocate for traditional plant medicines, while RAIN Reforest is committed to reforestation efforts around the Amazon, working hand-in-hand with indigenous communities.

Joshua says: “I have been keen to run this race for several years as past participants have claimed that it has transformed them like little else in their lifetime. The person that emerges from the desert after the race is very different from the person that enters it. I have no doubt it will be an epic adventure of a lifetime.”

Support his fundraising here.

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The toughest footrace on Earth

Fans of marathon running or even the local parkrun event understand both the joy and pain of clocking up those miles. But what if you had to max out the mile counter while enduring one of the most extreme environments on the planet? Nature photographer and Mensa member Joshua Bloom will be doing just that when he takes on the “Toughest Footrace on Earth” next week.

The 250km Marathon Des Sables is a seven-day ultra-marathon across the Sahara Desert. Temperatures here can often exceed 50°C in the day and dip as low as 5°C at night. Joshua won’t just be running, he’ll also need to carry more than 10kg of gear, including food and cooking and sleeping equipment.

So why is Joshua undertaking this gruelling challenge? He has shared with us an inspiring video explaining his motivation, which includes raising funds to combat environmental destruction. He will also be running as an ambassador for a number of organisations, which promote a sustainable future for the planet and our relationship with it.

Joshua is raising money for two charities. ICEERS  works globally to defend indigenous rights and advocate for traditional plant medicines, while RAIN Reforest is committed to reforestation efforts around the Amazon, working hand-in-hand with indigenous communities.

Joshua says: “I have been keen to run this race for several years as past participants have claimed that it has transformed them like little else in their lifetime. The person that emerges from the desert after the race is very different from the person that enters it. I have no doubt it will be an epic adventure of a lifetime.”

Support his fundraising here.

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