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Rosie Thompson

I am running 6 marathons in 7 days for The Not Forgotten Association - a unique tri-service charity supporting injured veterans of all ages

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Rosie joined The Not Forgotten Association in 1998. Despite entering  into her 19th year as Head of Events, she never fails to be amazed by the many thousands of veterans she meets on NFA adventures and outings. They continually motivate her to run marathon after marathon and take part in tough challenge after challenge in order to raise funds.  

In April 2017, Rosie Thompson and NFA veteran and friend, Martin Wilson, will run 270km through the Sahara Desert. Rosie has never failed to be impressed by Martin’s spirit and determination as he has overcome the effects of life-changing injuries sustained in Afghanistan in 2011 whilst serving with 2 Para. Inspired by his unwavering courage, Rosie is taking part in this extraordinary race in order to raise funds for extraordinary people like her running partner Martin.

Event details

The Marathon des Sables 2017

The Marathon des Sables has been described as The Toughest Footrace on Earth. It is truly gruelling multi-stage adventure through a mythical landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments – the Sahara desert. You have to be self-sufficient and carry all your own food and equipment for the week on your back. Communal goat’s-hair Berber tents are pitched every night but, apart from that you have to take it with you. Water is rationed and if you exceed the ration, you get a time penalty.


250+ kms (156+ miles)

6 stages over 7 days

A long stage of 80+ kms (52+miles)

Self-sufficient but with water rations and tent supplied

Temperatures of 50+ degrees centigrade

Event date

09-April-2017 00:00  - 
15-April-2017 00:00

Event type

The Marathon des Sables 2017

Event is completed


Dear Rosie Wishing you the very best of luck, you humble my marathon efforts but I'll think of you in Snowdon on 28th October
Donation by Steve
on 01-10-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 22-09-2017
Rosie, I hear of your recent massive achievement. I doff my hat to you, as that is utterly amazing
Donation by Dot Perkins
on 31-05-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Rosie, congratulations to you and Martin. Fantastic achievement.
Donation by Anonymous
on 12-05-2017
£20.00 gift aid
Well done Rosie and Martin!! Amazing effort as i sit on my arse at work!
Donation by Nige
on 10-05-2017
£39.00 gift aid
Rosie, after hearing the lengths you went through to complete this challenge and what you had to endure, YOU are an inspiration. What you achieved is amazing! A further donation from Waitrose Godalming will follow from the green tokens.
Donation by Sarah Collins
on 01-05-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Well done Rosie...missed it the first time round but better late than never! Xxx
Donation by Paddy Burton
on 25-04-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Rosie you are a true inspiration. Congratulations
Donation by Fiona Watt
on 25-04-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Very well done to Rosie and Martin from my Top Table
Donation by Rob Storey
on 23-04-2017
£65.00 gift aid
Dear Rosie All the best. Deborah Layde, Seafarers UK
Donation by Deborah Layde, Seafarers UK
on 20-04-2017
£5.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £5,139.00
Offline Donations: £20,063.00
Total Raised: £25,202.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £26,394.25

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