Meet the MdS Team 2020 - Sean Clark
In 2020, WWTW are taking an elite group of 32 ultra-runners to the Sahara Desert to take part in the infamous Marathon des Sables. The team have 7 days to complete 6 marathons. Over the next few months, we will be introducing you to some of the team. In this interview, we hear from Sean Clark.
1. Why did you sign up to the MdS?
I have been running for 10 years now and taken part in many 10 km races. In the last few years, I have been drawn to longer challenges such as marathons and short Ultras. I have not run many but I have loved the challenge of the distance and terrain as opposed to beating any specific times.
When a friend mentioned they had done the MdS in the previous year and told me about the experience I was sold!
2. Why have you chosen to support WWTW?
Walking With The Wounded has been a client for quite a few years. I thought it was about time to show my support for the cause. The awesome team the charity has pulled together is an added bonus.
3. How’s your training going – what have you done so far, which milestones have you hit and are you happy with where you are so far?
So far this year (up to October) I have run over 2500 km. I’ve tested myself on the mountains running the Cumbrian Challenge, in the heat of Corfu over the summer and back to back marathons to test my stamina. I have learned a lot about my body and mind, and I feel very positive due to this. With winter coming, it's time to build up my core strength and practice carrying weight.
4. What do you see as the biggest challenge?
No doubt, it is coping with the heat; I am confident about the other elements. I know where I am weak and can build on this. I do not mind the heat at all, but it is difficult to recreate the temperature during training in the UK. In addition, suffering from any element of dehydration could spell disaster. It has a huge impact on performance.
5. What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the MdS?
Wet wipes. Enough said!
6. What item of food are you taking which is your treat?
Most of my favourite treats would not be suitable for the desert, Reese’s peanut butter cups for example. So, as an alternative I’ll probably include some peanut M&Ms.
7. What will you be listening to help you through the marathon?
I don’t listen to anything whilst I run usually. Even when spending 9 hours running the Cumbrian Challenge. However, I will take some motivational talks from my favourite speaker Zig Ziglar just in case I need a mental makeover at any point.
8. Is there anything which you know you will be looking forward to at the end, before even beginning?
A cold beer and a burger!
If you would like to donate to Sean's fundraiser, head to: https://bit.ly/36cWdpp