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"An Absolutely Incredible Experience": Army Captain Back From Sahara Marathon

The Army's latest running star, Captain Tom Evans of the Welsh Guards, has returned to Pirbright in Surrey following his amazing success in...

The British Army's latest running star, Captain Tom Evans of the Welsh Guards, has returned home following his amazing success in the Marathon des Sables.

Evans came third out of over 1,000 runners and scored the highest finish ever for a British athlete.

'The Marathon des Sables' has been called one of the toughest footraces on earth. It takes place in one of the world's most inhospitable environments – the Sahara desert.

Over six days competitors run 156 miles, through rocky jebels, over dunes and across white-hot salt plains and, as if that isn't tough enough, they also do this all in 50-degree heat.

Tom said he stuck to a tough training regime, but work commitments were sometimes disruptive. However, due to lots of early mornings and late nights, he was able to fit his training in around work.

"The Army and the Welsh Guards were superb in allowing me to go off and train".

Lots of offers have since come Captain Tom Evan's way and he is now considering which race to take part in next. He would like to prove that this wasn't a one-off and that he is capable of running at a high level in these types of events. 

Evans said the race was "an absolutely incredible experience" but he is glad to be back in the UK in cooler climates.