Running: Striders trio complete Marathon des Sables

Three Striders conquered the Sahara desert to finish the toughest foot race on earth over the weekend.

Anj Coia Bell, Sian Brice and Helen Durance completed the Marathon des Sables – a stage race covering 251km of the desert where competitors have to carry their own backpacks containing food, sleeping gear and other material.

Bell came 482nd in a time of 46hrs 37mins 04secs, Brice was 486th in 46hrs 45mins 10mins and Durance was 664th in 53hrs 58mins 33mins.

There were 917 finishers and a large number of competitors who dropped out at the end of the different stages.