LIVE FOR TODAY
Running with terminal cancer by Kevin Webber
As you read this I will be starting day one of the six-day Marathon Des Sables, probably the best known extreme ultra marathon in the world. It’s another beast – 250 kilometres across the Sahara, 40C+ every day, lugging a 13kg pack and being self sufficient all week, apart from water.
I have done this race for the past three years and I think this time makes me the only person to ever compete four times with any T4 cancer. Someone suggested that I would find it easy as I had done it so many times before, but I promise you it’s not the case. The danger in repetitive running, like so many things in life, is that you become complacent.
It’s easy to be lulled into the belief I have the finisher’s medal before I even get there – and that would be a huge error. I am older, less fit, more injured and have further degeneration from the prostate cancer and associated drug regime. The dunes never get any less sandy, the jebels (mountains) never get lower and the heat never cooler.
I have sorted my kit to be as light as possible, as every gram makes you sink in the sand more. That means cutting down my toothbrush handle, decanting anything into a lighter package, cutting surplus straps and clips off my rucksack... and even working out how many sheets of loo roll I need a day! I’m number 598 and you can follow my progress or send emails on this link: marathondessables.com/en/marathon-des-sables.
Before I go, just a thought... do you ever take something or someone for granted because they appear good at what they do? Things rarely just happen you know. A “thank you” or “well done” makes a massive difference and costs nothing!
Until next week
I’m back in Sahara for mega run and I count the sheets of loo roll to keep the load light!