Gary Howells

Marathon Des Sables

 April 7th-17th 2017, Southern Moroccan Sahara



Thanks so much for visiting my page!
Well I‘m excited to say that I’ve managed to secure a place in the Marathon Des Sables 2017! In April, I’ll be arriving in the sweltering Sahara desert to complete this punishing ultra-marathon, whilst raising vital money and awareness for Spinal Cord Injury cure research charity,
Walkoncemore. This will be a punishing event, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge and hoping that you’ll all get behind me as I prepare for it!
As a six-day, 254 km (156 mile) ultra-marathon, and the equivalent to six regular marathons, I will cross numerous terrains, sand dunes, salt flats, mountains and rock. Just to make things that little bit (!) more taxing, I will be traversing the course with my entire kit on my back, containing all of my food, cooking equipment, my sleeping bag, clothes, venom pump, flare, and every other essential supply required to survive this self sufficient race. I think it's safe to say that the MdS really might be the toughest footrace on Earth!

The Sahara Desert is a unique place, fiery hot and with unusual terrain like sand dunes, fields of rocks as far as the eye can see, crusty salt deposits, dried lakebeds, and mountains composed of rocks sharp enough to slice skin open with a gentle touch.
Meghan M. Hicks, MdS 2013 (17th overall / 1st female) - http://www.runnersworld.com/ultramarathons/how-i-won-the-marathon-des-sables



 A race over 6 days - covering 156 miles - In tempeatures above 50c degrees - Carrying all kit & food



In the lead up to this event, I will compete in a series of marathons and ultra events such as Ironman and cover thousands of kilometres in training in order to prepare my body for the pain and suffering I will endure in temperatures well above 50 degrees.



All of this combined still doesn’t compare to how tough daily life is for millions of people around the World after falling victim to a spinal cord injury (SCI), however. With each unforgiving mile of the course, I am aiming to raise as much money and awareness as possible towards a cure for this debilitating condition.


Snowdon Prep

Leading up to Snowdon Marathon has been good with a few runs feeling good. Strong legs on long run and even a little speed been introduced since Barcelona Ironman. Although Snowdon wont be a fast marathon it will give me the 26.2 hard miles and the opportunity to carry 7 KG of weight in Prep for MDS.  

 A lot has changed with a thanks to Newton for the sponsorship of there trainers that I’m finding amazing. I’ts like another world of running and have finally found the footwear that i will be using on MDS. Again thank you Stephen Honight and Newton for your help in this. You can pick up you’re pair at Cycle Specific and also get the opportunity to try before you buy!!! don’t think I’ve had that luxury before.

A great training aid for me over the last 4 weeks has been the use of Rocktape to support my fatigued muscles off  the back of a hard ironman. The technology of the tape is amazing helping to prevent an injury to support an injury and even to enhance performance massive thanks to the Rocktape team for there support and a product I will be 100% be taking as part of my survival kit to MDS.

Truestart coffee is something that was recommended to me as a natural caffeine hit for those early morning runs without the feelings of bad stomachs from your standard gels. (This is probably due to I’m Gluten & Wheat intolerant I found out yesterday) But this product I’m finding amazing and highly recommend to anyone needing that little (MASSIVE) boost for your training. 

As always I have so many people to thank for there help  along my journey the list is endless but the people who have supported me on all parts of training the last few weeks from talking to me, reality check and sometimes cutting the bull S*”T to getting me to push a little outside my comfort zone big thanks to Dylan Morris at Cycle Specific, Kev Pullin of Irontriswim, Craig Armstrong health specialists of which a full report of my physiology testing will be done next week, And obviously my wife and kids for there constant support and understanding of why I’m always training. 

Love you all guys!!! Thanks for everything!!!  

Pre Ironman Wales

So after the frolic farm ultra marathon I had promised myself 2 weeks rest in prep for Ironman Barcelona. Which fell nicely with for my clients at Gary Howells Sports Massage which you can find on Facebook.

Over the last 2 weeks I managed to cram in 47 clients in just the evenings between 17.00-23.00. All needing a range of treatments ranging from tight calfs to torn muscles. A litre of oil used and 11 boxes of Rocktape. As race day approached on Sunday the 18th of September I had 17 clients requiring taping for the big day. My Saturday consisted of running from hotel to hotel with more Rocktape than you could stick a cow down with. 😂 Sunday came and went in a flash with all my clients/friends absolutely smashing Ironman Wales some for the first time and some for the 6th. All thanked me but must be passed onto all the team at Rocktape.

My 2 week rest was great but now it’s time to put a few hard days in ready for Ironman Barcelona. Gary Howells Sports Massage is open as usual for business but time for me to put a shift in on the circuit. So many congratulations to Go out there I do t know where to start but the one that sticks out above all is Mr PhilipTucker who came third in Weymouth Ironman and qualified for the world championships 2017 in Kona Hawaii.

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A cure for Spinal Cord Injury is out there, and here at Walkoncemore, we’re determined to help that cure arrive in the not too distant future.
We are committed to financially supporting the most promising curative advances World-Wide. This will help to hasten the time period from laboratory to bedside, helping the injured to cast aside their wheelchairs and get back on their feet as soon as possible.
Putting an end to the permanence of this devastating injury will result in millions of people the World over being freed from a life of paralysis, pain and loss of independence and dignity.
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Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI’s) are a tragic and unavoidable hazard of life, with accidents occurring in every country, to all manner of people, every hour of every day.

Once damaged, the spinal cord is currently irreparable, meaning permanent paralysis and a myriad of associated problems for the affected individual. The severity of the damage varies with each injury, but some higher injuries can even leave the victim unable to breathe unassisted.
It has now been proven in animal models that the spinal cord can indeed be regenerated, and this needs to be translated for use in patients as soon as is safely possible. A severe lack of funding is currently the biggest roadblock in moving these promising therapies from the laboratory to human clinical trials.

Contact Gary: gary@howells45.com / 07974104562




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