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Mark & Jonathan - Marathon des Sables 2013

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Team story

[p][b]bluff[sup] [/sup] [/b][b] [/b][/p][p][i]v.tr.[/i][/p][p][b]1. [/b]To mislead or deceive.[/p][p][b]2. [/b]To impress, deter, or intimidate by a false display of confidence.[/p][p] [/p][p][i]v.intr.[/i][/p][p]To engage in a false display of strength or confidence.[/p][p] [/p][p][b]Who[/b][/p][p]Mark Croxford, Partner at Plutus Wealth Management LLP and Jonathan Goslin, Financials Analyst at Edison Investment Research Ltd, firm friends, former flatmates and fearful of what lies ahead.[/p][p]We believe it is safe to say we are known for our ‘go big or go home’ and can do attitude to life. This persona has led to some brilliantly competitive dinner parties (please ask who won), shape throwing (in this game we both lose) and skiing (sadly no contest here). What we are not known for is hitting the gym or clocking up the miles, unless we’re talking cheap flights across Europe. We also both struggle to say no to most things and often like to think up fun things to do.[/p][p][b]What[/b][/p][p]No one really knows exactly how our next ‘fun’ event was first muted, but it started in a typical fashion, holed up in a pub in South West London trying to escape a cold and wet winter and thinking of warmer climes. What we do know is that for the last 2 years we have played a high stakes game of bluff and double bluff and to cut a long story this April our bluff will be well and truly called and we will line up [i]ready[/i] to run the infamous Marathon Des Sables; commonly referred to as the ‘[b]toughest foot race on earth’[/b].[/p][p][b]Where[/b][/p][p]We have to cover the distance of 6 marathons over 6 days in the Sahara desert, yes that’s right, the [b]Sahara desert[/b] and the most notorious days are simply known as ‘Dune Day’, as we battle some of the world’s highest sand dunes and the ‘Long Day’ which consists of running back to back marathons and involves running all day and night to complete the distance in the allotted time. We wanted to go somewhere warm and we got it with temperatures expected to reach [i]50’C[/i]. Throw in the sand dunes, some sand storms and the fact you have to carry everything you need including all your food on your back and it all sounds so good we really can’t wait to get started! A colleague of Mark’s summed it up nicely; it’s akin to ‘running from London to Manchester carrying a small child in temperatures not unlike an oven through treacle-like sand.’ Quite simply, there will be blood, sweat and tears.[/p][p][b]Why[/b][/p][p]You may be asking why we are doing this and it’s an entirely appropriate question and one we have been asking ourselves every waking hour. It’s simply because we are silly boys who are clearly going to learn the hard way that sometimes someone will call your bluff.[/p][p][b]Why not[/b][/p][p]We are self-funding this trip, we do not have charity places and like us the cost is also silly. We estimate that all-in including the race fees and kit list we will be forking out circa £5000 each for the pleasure of taking part. With this in mind on a pound for pound basis we would like to raise £10,000.[/p][p]This will be divided amongst 2 charities:[/p][p]The [b]London Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund[/b], which acts an aggregate charity giving money to great grass roots charities that seek to improve the lives of all Londoners whether it be by caring for the surprisingly large number of children who live below the poverty line or by trying to tackle gangs and street crime.[/p][p]The [b]Ronald McDonald House (South Island, New Zealand)[/b], this provides free accommodation and support to families with sick children and Jonathan’s family benefitted greatly from their support whilst his youngest sister was seriously ill in Christchurch Hospital and they needed to be close to her.[/p][p]We do not have a minimum we need to raise, but we would like to ‘go big’ and hopefully we’ll make it home! Only give if and what you can and for those of you who do we cannot thank you enough as your generosity will support two great causes.[/p][p]Well wishes will be greatly appreciated whilst we are discovering new lows in the desert and we will let you all know how to do this closer to the time.[/p][p]We’ll leave you with an appropriate quote from the widely unknown writer Ambrose Bierce, ‘[i]the hardest tumble a man can take is to fall over his own bluff[/i].’[/p][p]Mark and Jonathan[/p]

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Jun 17, 2013

Seamus Allan

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 3, 2013

Jessica Wigley

congratulations guys, you really are mad boys. quite a fine achievement

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Jun 3, 2013

Liz and Hugh Wigley

Well done guys what an awesome achievement. Really I thought you were crazy. I just read the fabulous article in the paper here


May 30, 2013


Well done! Big effort that, fair play!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 23, 2013

Fraser Thorne

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 9, 2013

Antonia Christie

I am so impressed: still!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

May 9, 2013

Rob & Trish

What an achievement, well done.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 7, 2013


What an Incredible achievement - Outstanding effort... Big Respect!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 1, 2013



Apr 25, 2013

Peter Molloy



Jonathan Goslin

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Mark Croxford

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