Having completed the 2007 London Marathon Matthew Pocock was looking for a new challenge. So on 10 June 2012 he set off on the first stage of the Gobi March.
This 250km multi stage race sees participants running through cool highlands and extremely hot sand dunes. As a result runners need to ensure they keep hydrated and take on enough nutrition to keep them going.
Matthew conquered the rough terrain and punishing heat to finish 23rd in a field of 163.
Matthew raised over £13,000 for Mencap, helping us to continue to support thousands of people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
It is great to push yourself and see what you can acheive. If someone had told me that after doing the London Marathon in 2007 I would go on to complete multiple ultra marathons and a 250km multi stage race I would have laughed. I really enjoy the mental and physical aspect of this mad sport.
To find out more about Matt's experience in the Gobi desert check out his blog.