Christ Church alumna Chloe Brooks racing in 2019 Marathon des Sables

Chloe BrooksChrist Church alumna Chloe Brooks will be running in the 2019 Marathon des Sables, a 7 day 156-mile race through the Sahara Desert, raising money for the charity Hope for Children.

Chloe matriculated at Christ Church in 2012 and read Biological Sciences. She said, ‘Living in Sudan for a year made me fall in love with the desert and made me want to take on this particular challenge. I have worked in global health and international development, but wanted to do something more. I am inspired by the work of Hope for Children and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Marathon des Sables 2019’. Chloe's training is going well, and she has recently moved to Leeds to start her PhD, meaning she frequently trains in the nearby Yorkshire Dales. 

The Marathon des Sables is a gruelling multi-stage race through the Sahara Desert. The race is the brainchild of Patrick Bauer, a French concert promoter, with the first event in 1986 involving 186 competitors – these days there are over 1000 runners taking part each year. Participants must be self-sufficient and carry all of their own food and equipment for the week. Over 7 days and 6 stages, participants run over 156 miles (250km) across the desert, the equivalent of 5 and a half regular marathons, in temperatures reaching 50 degrees centigrade. The longest stage is 52 miles (80km), with many runners having to carry on through the night to complete it.

The charity that Chloe will be raising money for, Hope for Children, was founded by Dr Bob Parsons OBE in 1994, with the aim of enabling vulnerable children to experience a happy childhood by improving their access to education and healthcare, and empowering families to support themselves. In the last 4 years they have helped 161,000 children and adults realise their right to education, healthcare and a stable family environment. They currently work in 9 countries – Ghana, India, the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tanzania, and the UK. You can find out more about the charity and their work on their website.

To support Chloe’s sponsorship campaign, visit her fundraising page, where you can find out more about Chloe and the charity that she is supporting, and donate to this worthwhile cause.