Victoria managed the annual Marathon des Sables (MDS) team for Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) from 2013 to 2017. The MDS is known as the toughest footrace on earth, involving a grueling multi-stage multiple marathon adventure in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates – the Sahara desert. In 2015 Victoria completed MDS herself, raising over £30,000 for Walking With The Wounded.
The race requires runners to be self-sufficient, carrying everything except water and their tent, that is needed to survive for the week long endurance event. Places are much sought after, but the rewards for those who make it to the start line alone are renowned. Under the scorching Moroccan sun the competitors cross saltpans, run up desert dune mountains, through ruined towns and if unfortunate, endure the raging sand storms which all who take part dread.
In 2017 Victoria coordinated the largest team taking part in the MDS yet – as 24 runners departed for the Sahara, accompanied by an ITN film crew who will follow the progress of Duncan Slater, a double leg amputee and WWTW South Pole Allied Challenge team member, who became the first double leg amputee to complete the event. Victoria is well placed, having run the event herself, to offer the best possible advice to all runners, simultaneously coordinating the film crew and all of their needs.
Victoria works closely with and coordinates film crews on many of her expeditions, often in remote environments with challenging access and exacting requirements.
Chase works with its own in house production managers, directors and content experts.