Marathon des sables



Heads together

Katherine Hay-Heddle (GBR)

I have participated in the MARATHON DES SABLES a number of times. My first participation was 2001 when things were very different and there were fewer runners and far less information available on the internet. I didn't have a clue what I was letting myself in for but had the most amazing experience and met such fantastic people that I was hooked on ultramarathons and the Marathon des Sables will always have a very special place in my heart.


I am a corporate lawyer who loves to run and loves to travel. I have run numerous marathons and ultramarathons around the world but I have never managed to get a place in the London Marathon. I did this year and I'm really excited about it. Whilst running a marathon in itself is a challenge I decided to make things a little harder by revisiting my first ever ultramarathon too. I first ran the Marathon des Sables in 2001 and it will be great to experience this amazing race again. Now the dates are a little (!!) close together... I fly home from the desert on Monday 17th April and the London Marathon is a mere 6 days later on Sunday 23rd April. I hope to have washed all the sand away by the time I line up at the start line in London. To run these 2 iconic races in 2 weeks will be a real challenge for me but one that I'm really looking forward to.


To inspire me to keep putting one foot in front of the other I am raising money for Heads Together. This is a campaign spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to take away the stigma associated with mental health issues. Heads Together is a partnership between 8 inspiring charities which are working together to end the stigma around mental health and change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing.


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About the association Heads together


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing, and is a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.

There has been huge progress made to tackle stigma surrounding mental health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. Through this campaign, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need.

They are privileged to be working with partner charities who have achieved so much in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges. The team of charity partners working on Heads Together covers a wide range of mental health issues that are close to The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry’s passions.


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