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Gregory White (D536, GBR)

Achieve the impossible

Greg knows what intense effort means. World number two in the modern pentathlon (shooting, fencing, swimming, riding and running) in 1994, qualified for the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, top-level sport has been his milieu for many a year and he knows all the constraints and sacrifices it takes. Today, at 47, he’s looking to for his own adrenalin rush. “When you stop competition, when you’ve been training for several hours a day for several years, retirement from sport can be very brutal, he explains. We need fresh challenges. The MARATHON DES SABLES is one of the finest because it’s probably one of the toughest races on the planet. If you want to do an ultra, this is where you must do it.” Positioned in 272nd overall after the 91.7km long leg where he suffered somewhat (403rd in 18h4’06’’), Greg discovered a few realities about the event. “It’s a race where mental strength counts more than the physical condition. It’s never easy, particularly given that the nature of the soil changes the whole time. Mentally, you just need to think about continuing to make headway. One step after the other, one CP after the other. I think it’s a fantastic experience. I coach a lot of personalities and for once I just have to worry about myself.” He’s virtually compelled to reach the finish line too. Indeed Greg has just released a book on coaching entitled “Achieve the impossible”.


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