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Stunning Result For British Army Captain In 'Toughest Race On Earth'

An Army captain has come third in what's said to be the toughest race on earth...

An Army captain has come third in what's said to be the toughest race on earth. 

Tom Evans, who serves with the Welsh Guards, has now achieved the highest placed finish for any Brit in the Marathon des Sables, a week long ultramarathon in the Sahara Desert.

The gruelling race consists of six stages - around a marathon a day - covering over 250 kilometres in total.

Competitors face temperatures up to 50°C and the terrain is extremely challenging, combining sand dunes and rocky hills.

Tom came third out of 1183 runners from across the world. When he spoke to Forces News earlier this week he said his military career had helped him with the steep climbs:

"From serving in the military and that state of mind that you are able to get yourself in for those hard challenges that should play in my favour…I'm feeling confident."

Also crossing the finish line was veteran Duncan Slater, who becomes the first double amputee to ever complete the Marathon des Sables. He lost his legs in Afghanistan in 2009 after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.

He was forced to pull out of last year's event due to injury, but returned to complete this year's event on new high-tech prosthetic legs.

On his fundraising page he said:

"I very much hope that through my efforts, I will inspire other wounded injured and sick from the Armed Forces Community and beyond, to come forward to ask for help but to also know that there is life beyond injury."

Both men have raised thousands of pounds for the Walking with the Wounded Charity for this event, with Tom Evans also raising money for the Welsh Guards Charity – which helps serving soldiers and veterans of the Welsh Guards Regiment.

Click here to visit Tom Evans, fundraising website, or here for Duncan Slater's.

Cover picture courtesy of Alexis Berg/MDS 2017.