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Drawing a Line in the Sand……

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From Suitcase Media & Productions uploading from the Sahara desert, our final GoPro video of the Marathon des Sables 2012, Stage 6:

I would just like to say a big thank you to the rest of the SMP team – editors Rob Antill, Maite Luque and photographer Romaine Sepulchre, for their collective inspiration, creativity and passion.

Home & Dry!

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A total of 791 competitors today crossed the line of the last stage of the Marathon des Sables 2012, with 4 ‘ranking in progress.’ The fact that 59 runners abandoned the course for reason or another, shows just how tough the conditions were this year. Rain, wind, hail, and lightning; baking temps of nearly 50 degrees C and sand storms – they had it all!

For final rankings visit darbaroud.com.

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April 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Lia Ditton

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I am now out of the Sahara and I would just like to say a huge thank you to Lia Ditton…  She has blogged, Facebooked and tweeted on my behalf as we only had text (SMS) contact… She has made this years MDS come alive for so many of you with the work we have provided whilst there.. She has been simply a phenomenal member of the team and will continue to post over the next days… Thank you Lia. X

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April 15, 2012 at 1:26 am

GoPro VIDEO OF THE DAY, Woo-hoo!

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This film by the ‘Marathon des Sables’ media team was chosen as the GoPro VIDEO OF THE DAY, receiving 1346+ likes last counted & reaching an audience of 2 million GoPro fans!!!

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April 15, 2012 at 12:28 am

Another One Bites the Dust…

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As camp Marathon des Sables packs up for another year, both runners and volunteers are en route back to Ouarzazate.

For a showreel of the highs and lows and a slideshow finale of those special, finish-line-crossing moments, check back in a couple of hours. While the images and footage upload, I leave you with a poem.


Westward Bound
, by Jon Blais, the ALS Warrier Poet

Live…
More than your neighbours.
Unleash youself upon the world and go places.
Go now.
Giggle, no, laugh.
No…stay out past dark,
And bark at the moon like the wild dog that you are.
Understand that this is not a dress reheasrsal.
This is it…your life.
Face your fears and live your dreams.
Take it in.
Yes, every chance you get…
Come close.
And, by all means, whatever you do…
Get it on film.

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April 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm

From Morocco With Love

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The British are known for their charity causes like Children In Need and Red Nose Day, where millions of pounds are pledged. This week I have witnessed something more than charity: giving from the soul.

Two years ago a team entered the MDS and pulled the length of the course, a specifically designed wheel chair that seated one of four handicapped children from their home town of Vannes. The children would take turns in the chair, while ten Pompiers (fire-fighting paramedics) rotated to pull the chair. This edition the Pompiers returned.

What they do for these children is simply phenomenal. They do not raise money, they do not run a charity. They just come to the desert, bringing the children and the chariot. They give four children an experience they wouldn’t otherwise have.

I am left here in the press tent full of emotion, having just watched them cross the finish line of the Marathon Stage 5. When they finish tomorrow, as it was two years ago, there will not be a dry eye on the finish line. These men are true givers, giving more than money can buy.

I leave you with a video-roll of messages, from runners to their friends and families at home.
 

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April 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm

‘Only’ One + A Half Marathons to go…!

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As the road book for the penultimate Stage 5 becomes available and competitors contemplate running some more, several reflect on the longest (and arguably the hardest) stage so far…
 

Stage 4 recapped in GoPro HD:
 

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April 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm