Jack Folkestone is currently in the midst of his first ever Marathon des Sables, also known as ‘the toughest footrace on earth’, in order to raise vital funds for Horatio’s Garden.

For those of you who have been following Jack’s progress, you may be aware that the endurance race was due to take place in April 2020. However, in light of the Coronavirus crisis, the Marathon des Sables has been postponed to 1st – 11th October 2021.

This hasn’t stopped Jack from continuing his training though and he’s been taking on numerous other gruelling challenges in preparation for the main event, including the Isle of Wight ultramarathon. All this means he’s now raised a phenomenal total of over £35,000!


The Marathon des Sables is an ‘ultra-run’, which consists of running the equivalent of six marathons in six days in one of the harshest environments on the planet, the Sahara Desert. Under the relentless sun, Jack is taking on the 254km journey as we speak, one which is testing both his physical and mental endurance to the max.

Jack’s running number is 543 and his tent number is 67.

You can track his progress online by simply clicking here.

To send Jack a supportive email encouraging him to keep going, just click here and click the orange banner at the top of the website page that states ‘Write to a runner or to the organisation’. Remember to include Jack’s running number 543 to make sure the message reaches him!

To see all the latest updates on Jack’s Marathon des Sables Instagram, please click here.

Having worked as a volunteer, Jack has seen first-hand some of the psychological challenges facing patients with spinal injuries and intends to complete this unbelievably tough challenge to honour them and to help improve the lives of everyone affected by spinal injury.

But he needs your help!


By clicking the link, you can donate to Jack’s JustGiving page and help him to reach and far surpass his incredible £40,000 fundraising target. Anything you can give will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people across the UK.

We are in total awe of Jack and wish him all the very best as he continues his epic adventure!