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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


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
Rosie you are an so inspirational attempting and completing this epic event. So proud of you. Xxx
Donation by Jules
on 19-04-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Huge congratulations. What an fantastic achievement - we are full of admiration.
Donation by Jimmy and Katherine Garnier
on 19-04-2017
£12.50 gift aid
You are 6 times a star, Rosie!
Donation by Nigel P
on 19-04-2017
£15.00 gift aid
Amazing effort from an amazing person
Donation by Valerie B
on 18-04-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Judith Coote
on 17-04-2017
£2.50 gift aid
You are an extraordinary woman who lives and breathes everything that is NFA and beyond. You have shown unbelievable courage, ambition and determination to complete this challenge. You are loved by more than you will ever know xxx
Donation by Barry, Lorraine, Benjamin &a Sienna Plummer
on 16-04-2017
£71.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £4,637.00
Offline Donations: £20,063.00
Total Raised: £24,700.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £25,766.75

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