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Finding shoes on your feet

In the SULTAN MARATHON DES SABLES, solidarity is not just a value that applies between runners. The scene is set on Thursday morning on the arrival of the long leg. Mark Grenyer, a British runner from Jersey, arrives at the reception tent in the bivouac… without his shoes, which have gone astray. No panic. An appeal via walkie-talkie echoes out across the bivouac to find a solution and most importantly some spare size 45 shoes. Almost immediately one of the Doc Trotters offers him his trail running trainers. Mark is saved. Extra proof that participants and members of the organisation all share the same values.

Party night at CP 5

The runners doubtless weren’t expecting such a welcome during their nocturnal journey through the long leg. Beside the dried-up lake, some 63.3km in, the organisers have reserved an unusual reception at checkpoint number 5. A deckchair in the colours of the SULTAN MARATHON DES SABLES, special illumination, an intimate live concert with an orchestra and, the absolute luxury… a tea. Something to muster the runners’ forces and enable them to make Jdaid and loop the 91.7km loop of the leg.

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