Marathon the toughest race on Earth

Pomona Senior Constable Wayne Metcalfe.
Pomona Senior Constable Wayne Metcalfe.

WITH AC/DC’S Highway to Hell blasting out over the speakers, Pomona Police Station senior constable Wayne Metcalfe took his first steps into the unforgiving Sahara over the weekend.

The 52-year-old might have had second thoughts about signing up to the Marathon des Sables, which has a reputation for being the toughest footrace on Earth.

Yet the determined senior constable managed to pull through the first stage in the 250km trek across the blistering landscape: a 33km hike involving some of the tallest dunes in the world.

He finished the stage in nine hours and 44 minutes.

“My legs are absolutely trashed and I have blisters starting on both feet but I’m otherwise ok,” Snr Const Metcalfe wrote back to family at home.

“It has been the most difficult race I’ve ever done. Everyone is suffering.”

Through his journey, Snr Const Metcalfe is also raising funds for the John Maclean Foundation.

The foundation helps families with children who experience paraplegia, quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and similar conditions.

Snr Const Metcalf had raised $1270 to yesterday.

His target of $3000 is well in sight.

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