Friday 21st April 2023
In April 2023 I will be taking part in the 37th Marathon des Sables race. For the uninitiated, it is a 250km multi stage foot race across one of the Earth’s most inhospitable regions - The Sahara Desert. It is indisputably recognised as the toughest foot race on Earth, and draws entrants from around the world to Morocco, annually, in order to attempt the 6-day race, which must be completed while carrying everything they need to survive on their backs. It is a brutal test of physical endurance and mental resolve.
I am raising awareness and money for two brilliant charities:
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. CWMT was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller. Charlie was a strong, funny, popular, good-looking and kind young man, with a close and loving family. He was the life and soul of every party, a talented actor with a mesmerising stage presence and a formidable rugby player. He was also flying high in his chosen career in advertising. To the outside world, he had everything to live for.
Yet in September 1997, at the age of 28, Charlie took his own life. He was suffering from depression and felt he no longer had the strength to carry on. Charlie was an alumni at my prep school, Elstree in Berkshire. His story is sadly not uncommon in today's world. The Trust, set up by his family in response to the tragedy, aims to:
Equip young people to look after their mental wellbeing
Help people recognise signs of depression in themselves and others
Ensure expert and evidence-based help is available when people need it
Surfers Against Sewage. SAS is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity that inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife. They are a grassroots movement that has grown into one of the UK’s most active and successful environmental charities. Along with my colleagues at Knight Frank, I took part in a beach clean in Cornwall this year. I was shocked by the amount of single use plastic we picked up that day. This inspired my to raise further awareness for this cause.
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raised of £10000 target
by 122 supporters
congratulations, an amazing achievement
Amazing Rupert well played. Best Clax
Amazing job mate!
Two great causes and a proper challenge. Well done Rupert
Huge mate - well done.
A fabulous achievement. Very many congratulations.
Outstanding Rupert causes Rupert. I hope we get the opportunity to meet again in the desert!
So proud of you
Congrats on a great effort!
Alex and Ollie
Absolutely incredible! Hope it all goes ok
Mega effort mate. Good luck!
Incredible mate. Inspiring! Good luck.
Great effort mate, best of luck!!
Hope it went well and good for you for doing it!
A great cause and a fantastic achievement. Best of luck mate
Roger Selina & Eleanor Drage
Dearest Rupert Well done indeed -we are with you every step of the way and are very proud of you
Unbelievable challenge. Well done mate.
Corkey & Natasha
Best of luck mate!!! What an incredible thing to do!! We have no doubt you’ll smash it. Enjoy it!! Corkey, Natasha & Harry
Best of luck! V brave.
Great effort Gilla 🙌🏼
Oops ! A bit of a top up ;-)
Super proud of this awesome challenge and adventure .. hope it goes well for you Rupert and I for one am very glad you are there!!! As is John xxx ..plough on! Look forward to hearing all about it when you are both back .. you are AMAZING!
Good luck Rupert. I hear Morocco is nice this time of year. Stay strong!
Wishing you all the best : )
Best of luck from George, Ed, Matt, Ben, Luke and Josh
Amazing effort Seb - all the best!!
Best of luck!!
Good luck Rupert! Make sure you wear sunscreen!
Hugo & Flo
Good luck Rupert, I'm sure you'll smash it!
Good luck Rupert!
Amazing effort! Good luck mate
Awesome Mate-You'll smash it !!!!!! Good luck! X
Best of luck mate! Control the controllables!
Phoebe and mark
Go Strutt go!!!! Lots of love Phoebe and Mark xxxx
Go well big fella!
Tom & Becca
Go on Strutty!!!!! Best of luck, incredible effort and we know you will smash it!
Good luck Rupert!
Good luck my man!
Charles Shaw (Oman)
Hi Rupert, Alex and family have just been staying with us in Oman and she passed on your charity application form to sponsor you on your crazy venture. In all the years I have known you I have always known your many fortes but running wasn't one that immediately sprung to mind!!! The very best of luck. Even as an ex marathon runner who currently lives in a desert country, I would never had the determination ( nor madness) to compete in such a challenging race. The very best of luck.Charles
See you at Gatwick 👊
After nearly 10 months' training hope it goes well; send some photos
That's no picnic Bit of advice.... don't wear flip flops
Charlie and Helena
A huge effort and the very best of luck Love from us both
Edwin and Belinda
Wow! From my armchair It makes me perspire thinking about what you are taking on. We wish you all the best and may you get the odd drop of rain E.
Make sure you beat John! Good luck.
Admirable of you to undertake this ordeal
Best of luck fellas. Unbelievable effort.
Tony & Nicki Unsworth
What an amazing challenge Rupert - very best of luck, and thank you for not inviting me to participate!
Charlie & Soph
All the best pal. We believe in you
Rather you than me! Amazing charities to support - well done.
MFL Finance Ltd
Rupert, good luck with this adventure. Such good causes to support! Well Done! Raed Hanna
Heavens, your mad. So glad our generation didn't do this sort of thing. Good luck Best wishes Tessa
Good luck Toby, from all the Fitzes
Flora & Ferg
Great effort Rupert . Good luck and don't forget the Hawaiian tropic ! Jamie & Kim
Good luck!! x
good luck , and keep the sand out of your shoes !!
Good luck Rupert - that is a v serious challenge -
Sonia and Alex S
Look forward to hearing all about it!!! Xx
Run like the wind, Rupert!
Mrs Victoria Mitchell
Fantastic effort. Am in awe. Good luck. Victoria and Anthony
Peter & Jane
Well done Rupert and good luck!
Simon de Boinville
Excellent charities, Well done you for even attempting this, so all the very best.
Dear Rupert - very best of luck with this - the most challenging of challenges - you must be mad! A small donation from us. Love Victoria and Nick
Good luck Rupert. You must be mad!! X
James and Penny Burgess
You must be crazy!
Robert and Jane
Best of luck and don’t tangle with any rattle snakes!
What a crazy challenge to take on. Quite sure you will smash it. Great charities to support. We will be watching you closely. Love Jo and Johnny
I always knew you were crazy.
Go get em Strutty! Bon chance
There goes Rupert Strutt, I must remember to thank him
Good luck Rupert!! wishing you all the best
Amazing! Good luck
Wow (other words come to mind, but not suitable on this platform)! All the very best (and great choice of charities).
All Good wishes for your adventures in Morocco. Love from Valerie xx
Best of luck Rupert!! Very impressive. All the best
Ian and Vicky
"When the Going gets Tough..... the Tough Get Going!" We will be with you each and every step (OK, not literally!) Good Luck and what an incredible challenge you are undertaking.
Good luck mate x
Wow what an incredible challenge! Best of luck Strutt, go kill it x
We knew the Greenwood Egg & Spoon race was early training! Go well!
Amazing challenge and good luck.
Best of luck!
GOOD LUCK! Please come back in one piece xxx
Congrats and best of luck
Best of Luck Strutty!!
Good luck Gilla! Rather you than me. Do it for Chicken Gonsai and the Bushwacker bandits.
Alex & Alex
When times get tough out there, just think: left foot, right foot; the rest will follow. Best of luck out there Strutt!
So thrilled that you are able to make it and good luck on the day and hope the going is good. Thrilled that’s you are supporting such good causes!
You are amazing taking on this challenge and I will be cheering you on from home this time! X
Very impressed, what an amazing thing to do, I look forward to hearing how you get on!
Best of luck, Rupert!
An amazing thing to do for two quite spectacular charities. With you all the way!!! Xx
Good luck strutty!!
Great stuff mate, good luck!
Susie & Charlie
Best of luck Strutt, you will smash it!! Amazing causes also xx
Matt & Ellen
Go on Gilla!!
Hugely impressive mate - best of luck!
Best of luck!
Don’t forget your water bottle
Go well John - #beleive
Best of luck mate, no doubt that your extensive training regime will pay dividends!