Tri-Albion Challenge: Run

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Blind Dave Heeley made history on Saturday as he became the first blind man to complete the Marathon des Sables (MdS).

Tri-Albion Challenge - RunCommonly known as the toughest footrace on Earth, Dave sweated his way through an astonishing 156 miles in just five days as he finished just outside the top thousand placings.

The Marathon des Sables is a foot race across the Sahara Desert with athletes becoming entirely self-sufficient and carrying all provisions on their back. Temperature can rise up to as high as 50 degrees during the day and can drop to as well as freezing point during the evening.

The race consisted of 5 punishing stages including one 91km stage which took over 24 hours to complete!

Stages often consisted of running across sand dunes, dried river beds and at times even climbing up the side of the bigger dunes!Rosemary,Blind Dave & Tony

Dave was putting himself through agony to raise funds and awareness for The Albion Foundation with the hope of raising £30,000 for the charity to continue their award-winning work in the local community.

Dave arrived back in the West Midlands on Monday evening (13th April) to a rapturous reception outside of The Hawthorns.

You can still support Blind Dave by donating at or text “TRIA15 £3.00” to 70070 to donate £3.00

It is fantastic that Dave has chosen to raise funds for The Albion Foundation. Listening to some of his stories from his past challenges, you can sense a great amount of passion that he possesses for fundraising and helping local charities” Rob Lake, The Albion Foundation Director

The Albion Foundation holds a special place in my heart. I am a big West Bromwich Albion fan and any way that I can help the Foundation continue the fantastic work that they carry out in the community will go a long wayBlind Dave Heeley.


To back ‘Blind Dave’ in his challenge make a donation via his JustGiving page, click here.

For more information on The Albion Foundation and our activities, call us on 0871 271 9840.