Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Waltz Matilda in Sahara; Former Grafton Man Paul Goldman Tackles the 250km Marathon Des Sables to Raise Money for Charity

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Waltz Matilda in Sahara; Former Grafton Man Paul Goldman Tackles the 250km Marathon Des Sables to Raise Money for Charity

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Byline: TIM HOWARD tim.howard@dailyexaminer.com.au

IF you are going somewhere to recuperate from seven days running across the Sahara Desert, then Paris is just about as good as it gets.

Former Grafton man Paul Goldman, along with wife Nadene, is putting his feet up in the French capital after what must be described as one of the most gruelling endurance races on the planet.

Forty-year-old Paul needs plenty of rest after completing the 250km Marathon Des Sables 2010.

Runners in the marathon covered 250km of the Sahara Desert in Morocco from April 2 to 10 completing the equivalent of 5.5 back-to-back marathons.

A field of 1090 competitors were registered at the start of the race.

It was the 25th year of the running of the marathon. This year there were 10 Australian competitors, nine men and one woman.

The Australian ages ranged from 29-53 years. All of the competitors needed to be self-sufficient for the race. Paul was struggling to get all of the equipment that he needed packed before he left.

"Over the weekend I sat down and went through all the food and supplements, first aid etc that I want to take," he said.

"That weighed in at around 9kg. That's without a toothbrush, a pair of boxer shorts or even water."

Paul completed the event in 41hr, 26min 33 sec in position 286, about 21hr 41 min 24 sec behind the leader, Mohamad Ahansal (1 - Morocco).

During the race Paul received support and encouragement from his family in Coffs Harbour as well as friends locally and internationally and his Grafton family (Sandra and Robert Lollback) in Hong Kong.

They were caring for Paul's three children (Edward, Charlotte and Sophie) in Hong Kong.

Paul was one of 250 competitors who was wearing the RaceTracker GPS technology that allowed his family and friends around the world to watch his progress in real time. …

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