Heading off shortly for the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara is local man Christopher MacKinnon
He states on his Just Giving fundraising page for the Highland Hospice
“On April the 10th I will be running in Le Marathon des Sables, an extreme running event taking me across the Western Sahara Desert in Morocco, one of the toughest footraces on earth, as an addition I will be looking to assist the 'Highland Hospice' in Inverness with some much needed fund raising.
The 257km (160 mile) foot race shall see me run self sufficient, carrying all my own food, sleeping and survival equipment for a week in heat which will reach up to 50+ degrees, I will be running approximately 6 marathons over consecutive days in the scorching Sahara desert with day 4 involving a double marathon 80+ km /52 mile single non stop stage.”
Chris has been training all winter and many early birds heading up through Ferness and across the Dava might have seen him setting off for training runs in the snow and ice on the hills, he has also run many marathons in the run up to this event. Chris's Just Giving page is here.