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Rob Gibbs

2020 Marathon des Sables

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]A bit about me…..[/b][/p][p]I am running the Marathon des Sables in April 2020 with Chris Rosindale, to raise money for [b][i]Walking with the Wounded Charity[/i][/b] and the [b][i]Royal Marsden Cancer Charity[/i][/b].[/p][p]Marathon des Sables, or MdS, is a six-day, 251 km ultra-marathon, which is approximately the distance of six regular marathons. The longest single stage is 91 km long. This multi-day race is held every year in southern Morocco, in the Sahara Desert. It has been called the "toughest foot race on Earth". Competitors sleep in bivouacs, are self sufficient with their equipment and all food, but receive water bottle rations at specific check points en route.[/p][p]For the record, I certainly do not have the build of a stereotypical ultra-marathon competitor, at 6ft 3ins and weighing in at 100 kgs …. (note: before I started training in May 2018, I was 117 kgs). I have also never run a marathon before! But within a few months of shedding those 17 kgs, I completed my first half marathon in Henley, at a time of 1hr 39 minutes.[/p][p]If you are kind enough to sponsor me, please note the MdS has been described as a “brutal” event. So there definitely will be blood, sweat and tears for every penny donated! [/p][p]I served in the British Army from 1999-2007. Following a year at Sandhurst, I commissioned into the Blues & Royals (Household Cavalry) in 2000. I joined D Squadron, which deployed with 16 Air Assault Brigade, for operations in Iraq in 2003. Temperatures regularly exceeded 50 degrees and increased when wearing helmet and body armour. I hope that my military background, plus the mileage over the next 13 months will prepare me for the 250 km sandy excursion.[/p][p]Chris “Hob Nob” Rosindale is my eldest son’s co-football and rugby coach. He is a good friend and asked me to run the MdS with him last year, I agreed despite his terrible banter! [/p][p][u]My charities[/u][/p][p]I had had the privilege of serving with HRH Prince Harry (The Duke of Sussex) and HRH Prince William (The Duke of Cambridge) during my time in the Regiment. They now preside over the two charities I have chosen to support.[/p][p][b][u]The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity[/u][/b][/p][p]In 2017, I had a tumour diagnosed in my head, after scans and tests; my doctor concluded that it could be controlled with 2x tablets a week for life. I would call that a warning shot…. [/p][p]But in 2018, my friend Derrick “Del” Lee (and eldest sons co-football coach) dropped by my house. He sat in the kitchen and told me he was receiving chemotherapy as he had terminal cancer. He then stated he would have 10 months if he reacted to the treatment. I struggled with this, as it seemed so unjust. He was under 40 with a wife and 3 children under 9 yrs. I saw Del and his family in Spain whilst on summer holiday last year, but in January 2019 he sadly passed away. Del received his care and support at the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital.[/p][p][b][u]Walking with the Wounded (WWTW)[/u][/b][/p][p]In my opinion, WWTW pushes the boundaries of expedition event fundraising. I am now officially competitor no.8 on the WWTW 2020 MdS Fundraising Team. [/p][p]WWTW provides assistance to vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service. WWTW assists veterans in their independence through sustainable new careers outside the military. The charity also supports homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System.[/p][p]I met Ed Parker (CEO WWTW) years ago and he introduced me to Duncan Slater, an ex-RAF platoon sergeant. His patrol in Afghanistan hit an improvised explosive device (IED), and his vehicle was caught in the explosion. As a result, Duncan is a double amputee, but still completed the WWTW South Pole expedition in 2013 and the Marathon des Sables in 2017. He is a truly inspirational person.[/p][p][b]Follow my journey…[/b][/p][p]You can follow my training journey on my website, it’s been generously designed and created by my friend Sara Hayward, definitely a super star. It will be live over the next few weeks once I’ve populated it, link to follow![/p][p]I’m hoping to get my hands on a GoPro Hero7[i] (know anyone who could help me with that mission?)[/i], so I will be recording some of my desert antics and build up training.[/p][p]Please, please do not resist the urge to “Like” and “Comment” on any of my social media posts. [/p][p]I am sure all of my family, friends and colleagues will enjoy poking fun at my expense…… but where would the fun be if they didn’t![/p][p]Many thanks [/p][p]Rob[/p][p][url=http://mailto:robg2020mds@gmail.com]robg2020mds@gmail.com[/url][/p]
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Jul 4, 2019


Well done, Rob. Fantastic effort and great causes. All the best. Leon.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 13, 2019

David and Anna Ross

Good luck! You will never want to see sand again once you finish.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2019

Kathryn Curtis

What an amazing thing you’re doing, good luck from The Curtis Family x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 21, 2019

Paul Climpson

Good luck Rob, great cause

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 20, 2019

Andy Rossiter

Looking forward to seeing the videos, Rob! That first half marathon time wasn’t bad! Great causes - good luck with the training...stay injury free at all costs!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 18, 2019

I E Simmons

Good work Mr Gibbs


Apr 7, 2019


Apr 5, 2019


The family contingent in Nova Scotia wish you health and wealth in the tremendously difficult task you have set for yourself ( the Gibbs family don't seem to do anything by halves !) All the best Rob.


Apr 4, 2019

Jonny Corbett

Awesome effort Rob - go go go!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 3, 2019


Good luck Rob!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid