Desert Challenge

If you fancy camping under the stars in Morrocco in traditional Berber tents and riding through rock

By Ellie Parsons

If you fancy camping under the stars in Morrocco in traditional Berber tents and riding through rocky gorges, oasis’s and The Atlas Mountains then now’s your chance because The Prince’s Trust is seeking people to take part in The Sahara Desert Challenge on the 14th-21st January 2006.


Teams will race for five days running and cycling through Jebel Sahro, on the edge of the Sahara for 82.6 miles. Groups of five or individuals can join and will compete against other teams all raising money for The Prince’s Trust.

“The Sahara Challenge was a genuinely life-changing experience that I feel privileged to have been part of. With the knowledge that the funds raised will benefit young people in the UK I urge anyone to consider taking up such a challenge – it’s unforgettable,” said Dan Matthews, a former participant.

The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people such as those who may have struggled at school or who have been unemployed or in care. To enter you must pledge that you’ll be able to raise £2500 and pay £200. The Prince’s Trust are looking for fit people with a sense of adventure and you can be a complete beginner. “It’s an excellent opportunity for team building in a stark yet beautiful environment, which is why it’s so popular with companies and business professionals. However, anyone who’d like to take on the Sahara Challenge can participate, be it in a team with friends, family or work colleagues or we can match individuals with a team,” said Sarah Goodwin from The Prince’s Trust.


Flights, food, accommodation and all equipment, including bikes, is provided and you’ll receive special Sahara training including how to navigate using Global Positioning technology. Deadline is 30th September 2005 so get your entries in quick. Call 020 7543 1370 or email, and you can apply online at