Trail Running (UK) - - Big Interview -

Tom suc­ceeded in get­ting his back­pack down to the min­i­mum 6.5kg for the Marathon des Sables. It’s a self-sup­ported race, so aside from be­ing sup­plied with wa­ter and your tent, he car­ried ev­ery­thing:

■ Food sup­plies for six days: freeze-dried por­ridge, nuts, gels, bars and freeze-dried chicken tikka meals (weigh­ing around 3.2kg) ■ Sleep­ing bag ■ Map ■ Emer­gency med­i­cal kit – foot tape, blis­ter plas­ters, elas­tic tape ■ Com­pul­sory items: anti-venom pump, sig­nal­ing mir­ror, com­pass ■ Tooth­brush and tooth­paste. Tom says: “One of very few lux­ury items be­cause I couldn’t go a week with­out brush­ing my teeth.” ■ Spare socks. “I had to swap them be­cause one of my tent­mates’ had worn a hole through theirs.”

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