Sean Clark

Behind the Scenes at the Marathon des Sables with the “Desert Dad”

Behind the Scenes at the Marathon des Sables with the “Desert Dad” Jon Bromley aka Desert Dad

This episode is a little different, it’s a view from behind the scenes. If you ran in 2021 or 2022, you will have likely met photographer Jon Bromley. Or “Desert Dad”, as he was affectionately known by some. So what luxury awaits those non-runners working behind the scenes, four poster beds, 5-course meals, copious wine, […]

The Experiences of Roraigh Ainslie an MDS Veteran

The Experiences of Roraigh Ainslie an MDS Veteran The Experiences of Roraigh Ainslie an MDS Veteran

Roraigh first completed the MDS in 1995. A lot has changed, and since then, he has completed it four more times. Including this year, 2022, when at the age of 62, he was Britain’s oldest finisher. No fancy running shoes or ultra-lightweight gear, just solid planning, preparation and a selective choice of kit has led […]

Ben Gallagher Veteran, Athlete, Explorer & MDS Finisher

Ben Gallagher Veteran, Athlete, Explorer & MDS Finisher Ben Gallagher

On this weeks show we have Ben Gallagher another of our tent-mates from Marathon des Sables 2022. Ben is a Veteran, Athlete and Explorer. In 2019 whilst serving in the British Army, he was involved in an incident that has since changed his life. He was shot numerous times and received blast/fragmentation injuries to both […]

Glen Watts Uses His “Why” To Finish The Marathon Des Sables!

Glen Watts Uses His “Why” To Finish The Marathon Des Sables! Glen Watts

This week Rob and I had a cracking time talking to tent mate Glen Watts about his MDS experience. Glen suffered severely with his feet during our journey through the Sahara. Having to use all his mental capacity and his “Why” to get through the pain. Whilst we have a great laugh in this episode, […]

Karen Alford from Half Marathon to MDS in under 12 months!

Karen Alford from Half Marathon to MDS in under 12 months! Karen Alford

You don’t need to be an ultra runner or even have years of running experience to take part in the Marathon des Sables. With the right attitude, attention to detail and planning, you can complete the MDS whatever your background. This week we speak to Karen Alford, who did just this. With little running experience. […]

Lauren Gregory 1st British Female Marathon des Sables 2021

Lauren Gregory 1st British Female Marathon des Sables 2021 Lauren Gregory 1st British Female Marathon des Sables 2021

This week we are lucky to have Lauren Gregory on the show. Lauren not only completed the infamous 35th edition of the Marathon des Sables in 2021 she was also the first British Female. Whilst Lauren didn’t suffer from the stomach bug that rampaged through camp in 2021 her race was far from straightforward. She […]

Ian & George Moore on the MDS: A Father Leaves His Son in the Desert!

Ian & George Moore on the MDS: A Father Leaves His Son in the Desert! Ian and George Moore

This is a fantastic story of a Father and Son adventure on the Marathon des Sables. As if the MDS was not tough enough mentally. Could you leave your son behind to finish? Ian and George tell of the agreement they made and their plans in place should the worst thing happen. When it does, […]

Jonny Hendry Does The Marathon Des Sables in Body Armour!

Jonny Hendry Does The Marathon Des Sables in Body Armour! Jonny Hendry

As if the Marathon des Sables was not enough of a challenge. You’ll always find someone that wants to do it slightly different to the other participants. Jonny Hendry is one of those people. He served in The Parachute Regiment, in all 3 Battalions and deployed on multiple tours of Afghanistan. Over those tours, he […]

Andrew “The Colonel” Smallbone on How to Complete the Marathon des Sables 2022

Andrew “The Colonel” Smallbone on How to Complete the Marathon des Sables 2022 Andrew "The Colonel" Smallbone

In this edition of the MDS Podcast Sean & Rob invite fellow Walking with the Wounded teammate Andrew “The Colonel” Smallbone on the show to talk through his experience of the Marathon des Sables 2022. Andrew completed the 36th Edition of the MDS and for the large part was a walker. Although a very fast […]