Scole veteran to face ‘toughest footrace on earth’

Scole, Norfolk. Duncan Slater with his wife Kim and daughter Lilly who'll be walking as part of the Walking with the Wounded in Antartica ENGANL00120130611160157
Scole, Norfolk. Duncan Slater with his wife Kim and daughter Lilly who'll be walking as part of the Walking with the Wounded in Antartica ENGANL00120130611160157
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He became the first double amputee to reach the South Pole in the bleakest of conditions — but Scole’s Duncan Slater could be in for his biggest challenge yet.

Sgt Slater, who served in the RAF for more than a decade, was blown up in Afghanistan in July 2009, and had both of his legs amputated 12 months later as a result of the injuries.

Having entered the record books for his Antarctica adventure in 2013, he will this year attempt the Marathon des Sables (MDS) — a six-day ultra-marathon across the Sahara Desert covering more than 150 miles, with temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius. Competitors must be self sufficient and carry everything they need on their back.

“I think it will be tougher than the South Pole, because of the time pressure and the distance,” he told the Diss Express.

Mr Slater, who has been training at Thetford Forest, said he was inspired by Chris Moon, a single leg amputee who completed the marathon less than a year after leaving hospital. He was blown up while supervising mine clearance in Mozambique in 1995.

“I’m proving that just because you are a double amputee you can still do something really hard and achieve it,” he added.

A team of 20 are aiming to raise £120,000 for the Walking With The Wounded’s Head Start programme, providing support to ex-service men and women who experience mental health difficulties.

To sponsor Duncan, visit his fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Duncan.Slater