Marathon des Sables 2017 – X-bionic Women’s International Team
Following a cause very close to her heart, Jenny will lead the Inaugural Women’s International Team to compete in the Marathon des Sables in April this year.
World renowned as the Toughest Footrace on Earth, the Marathon des Sables consists of six marathons in six days across the Sahara Desert, with a distance of 90-100km covered halfway through the race, known as the “Long Stage”.
Competitors face temperatures of 50°C whilst racing across arduous terrain which includes endless miles of sand dunes and salt flats, interspersed with rocky trails and high jebels (hills). They must also carry their entire food and equipment supplies for the week.
Taking part in such a globally recognised race is part of Jenny’s ongoing work to raise the profile of female role models in sport, and the team will be engaging with as many women and girls as possible in the lead up to the race to promote their powerful message and gain support.
Following a call for applications, this year’s team includes two elite British runners and two elite Moroccan runners. Jenny hopes to roll out the Marathon des Sables Women’s International Team team for at least the next five editions of the race.
The team is fundraising for Free to Run (www.freetorun.org) of which Jenny is a proud Ambassador. The team has a fundraising target of £20,000 and you can sponsor them here.
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The 2017 team includes two British athletes and 2 Moroccan athletes:
Jenny Davis (Team Captain, GB)
Lawyer-turned-pro-athlete, Jenny has an extensive background in sport and in the last few years has turned her focus to trail running, securing first female at this year’s Iran Silk Road 250km Ultramarathon.
Lizzie Wraith (GB)
Lizzie is a runner with some incredible achievements under her belt - to name but a few, she raced for team GB in last year’s IAU Trail World Championships and was also 3rd female at the Dragon’s Back Race 2015.
Aziza won the Trans Atlas Marathon last year, another Moroccan stage race which takes place in the Atlas Mountains. She was also second in the Oman Desert Marathon multi-day stage race after winning it in 2015. A 2h50mins marathon runner, she is a perennial Marathon des Sables favourite and many predict will be crowned the female champion at this year’s race.
Touda has twice been female champion at Marathon des Sables (23rd and 24th edition of the race). A remarkable achievement and this year Didi is back and more determined than ever.
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