Write to My Big Brother As He Races Across the Sahara Desert
Whilst I prance around Buenos Aries trying to learn something that vaguely resembles the Tango, my amazing big brother (the one in the middle) today started the ‘toughest foot race on the planet’!
The Marathon des Sables is a 6 day, 240km foot race across the Sahara desert. My brother and our good friends Tim Lennox (left) and Billy (Christopher) Gammon (right) are running to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and Rainforest concern. Both are wonderful causes and ones which are close to our hearts and major problems for the future of the world.
Whilst they use all their energy and will power to achieve this remarkable feat they will also be raising the flag for 101 Things To Do When You Survive and spreading it’s message of hope.
This is what the week of hell looks like for them:
- Sunday, April 6th 2014 – 30km
- Monday, April 7th 2014 – 35km
- Tuesday, April 8th 2014 – 40km
- Wednesday, April 9th 2014 – 82km (surely this is some kind of joke!)
- Thursday, April 10th 2014 – rest
- Friday, April 11th 2014 – 42km
- Saturday, April 12th 2014 – 21km
I have asked you guys for a lot of money recently with my head shave for the Leukaemia Foundation so I totally understand if you are unable to sponsor the boys. Something that would mean the world to my brother is if you could send him a message of support. Your emails have inspired me to keep going on my journey around the world. I still find myself getting sad and worried out here but when I read your emails and messages they fill me with confidence, energy and hope.
The race organisers have arranged an email system where they print out emails and leave them in their tents for the competitors to read after a days running. It would mean the world to my brother if you wanted to write a short message of support. I often forward him the emails you send me to read and it fills him with joy.
If you would like to write to my brother go the attached link and follow these steps:
- Find his race number: 831
- Put his name and tent number in subject box: Barry Trout. Tent 107
- Write message and send
Christopher Gammon’s race number is 613
Tim Lennox race number is: 696
If you would like to sponsor the boys please go to:
Much love and luck to the lads and whatever happens please make sure you all come back safe.