Marathon des Sables 2018


Sahara Desert

Marathon des Sables 2018 

Join our team and take on the toughest footrace on earth


Take the ultimate challenge and sign up for the Marathon des Sables, a gruelling 5-and-a-half marathons completed in 6 days in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates - the Moroccan Sahara Desert.

You will cover a total distance of over 150 miles in sweltering heats of up to 50°C.

Every mile you run and every penny you raise will mean that when a child needs us, we're there. Together we can rebuild children's lives and prevent abuse from ruining any more. 

"When we’re aching and exhausted in the middle of the desert, it’s the thought of family friends, the generosity shown for the charity and well wishes of support that will spur us on to the finish line."
Allan Dowie / 2016 runner

Get a charity place

Charity places for 2018 are now sold out but you can register your interest for a place in 2019 by emailing our events team.

Register your interest for 2019

Already got a place?

If you've already got a place in Marathon des Sables, we'd love to welcome you to our team. There's no minimum fundraising target, just have fun and raise as much as you can!

Join team NSPCC

How we'll support you

We'll be there to help you every step of the way. If you run for us, you'll get:

Training plans and advice

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, we've got a training plan for you.

View training plans

Fundraising support

Whether you're feeling inspired or in need of some ideas, our free fundraising packs are full of hints and tips, advice and materials to get you started

Get your free information pack

How you'll make a difference

Abuse changes childhoods, but so can we. By taking part in an event for the NSPCC, you will make sure that when a child needs a helping hand, we're there.

We help children in across the UK to rebuild their lives and we're finding ways to prevent it ruining anymore.

More about what we do