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James Fricker

Marathon Des Sables 2012

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My story

<p>Whilst my brother jokes saying he&rsquo;d rather be punched in the face than run 151 miles in the desert, I consider myself very fortunate to be capable of attempting something like this. My heart and lungs are going to be pushed to breaking point and if they do break, I&rsquo;d like to think raising money for The Cardiomyopathy Assosiation might reflect quite well when treatment is being dished out.</p> <p>After an exciting 2011 race calendar comprising of a couple of half marathons, a few 10K races, the London Marathon, a sprint triathlon and an Olympic distance tri, I felt it only fair that 2012 (being an Olympic year) be somewhat larger, more exciting and more demanding.</p> <p>To that effect I have a place at the 2012 Marathon Des Sables (marathon of the sands), a 6 days / 151 mile (243km) endurance race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco. The race is completely self-sufficient; I will have to carry all my food and sleeping equipment throughout the whole race. To make matters worse the temperatures average around 30c and can rise to 40c - people have died (added for dramatic effect but upon research 2 people actually have).</p> <p>Being completely honest I have no idea why I&rsquo;m doing this! I sweat more than the average man in winter and hate sand. If I had to give a reason it would be this (and is the same reason I have for most of my more random actions): When someone has accomplished something truly amazing, my first thought is - I want to do it! I have this urge to experience it for myself, so when I watched a documentary of James Cracknell doing it, throwing up, cramping up and looking like he came within an inch of his life my first thought was &ndash; I wonder if I could do that?!</p> <p>In February I will complete (hopefully) my first ultra marathon, 36 miles down in Devon. This will give me a taste of ultra running. In the meant time I will be trying to reach an average of 80 miles per week so if you want to join me on a run, get involved!</p> <p>Come April 8<sup>th</sup> I will be lining up with over 900 other runner&rsquo;s to complete my hardest feat to date. I will be blogging everyday on social network channels so you can keep up to date and wish me well through the 5 stages. Stage 3 is 80KM so I will need ALOT of support.</p> <p>Now charity isn&rsquo;t exactly ideal in a recession, people have no money and then feel under pressure to donate money because some spanner is running, jumping, swimming etc&nbsp; for a good cause. Well&hellip; I&rsquo;m that spanner this time and I like to think I&rsquo;m one of the rare occasions you think &ndash; actually this is worth it, he might die! Unlike when I was 6 and asked people to sponsor me for being silent for an hour (I failed) but the point being this is something on a grander scale, some might argue equally as challenging for me!</p> <p>I have my own reasons for choosing this charity that I won&rsquo;t bore you all with now and it&rsquo;s worth mentioning I don&rsquo;t have to raise money for this event, I have paid for it out of my own pocket, so I don&rsquo;t care how much I raise but I would ask you to all leave a few pounds and leave me a message of luck, it would mean a lot to me and to others close to me.</p> <p>I love you all - in your own unique ways.</p> <p>J</p>

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2012 The Marathon Des Sables

2012 The Marathon Des Sables

16 Apr 2012


Cardiomyopathy UK

Cardiomyopathy UK



Kerry McCarthy

Well done Frickface, you're a proper inspiration mate

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Miles & Han

Well done on finishing it bro, we knew you could do it!!!!

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Tom Miles

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Andy Dixon

No sweat!

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Good luck j! Your awesome xxx



Mum and Mike

Proud of you already without having to cross the desert , love you loads.



Spud (and Dex xxx )

As you know I am always late for everything so sorry for taking so long to sponser you! Massively proud of you xxx

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Leah Robinson

Good luck you nutcase! x

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Who do you think you are?? Bear Grylls?



Roger Bilsland

Good luck mate, all that training will have paid off and you will do great.

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