Tom Kinsley runs Northern Sahara Desert for AP!
Please support Tom by donating via this link. All proceeds go to The Nick Kinsley Scholarship at AP.
Tom Kinsley is taking on an amazing challenge to raise funds for Atlantic Pacific. The Marathon des Sables is widely regarded in the running world as the toughest foot race on the planet. Taking place in the Northern Sahara desert, the race covers over 250km in 7 days with total food and equipment self sufficiency. Each participant must carry their own backpack containing their food, sleeping equipment and other survival materials.
Tom is undertaking this challenge in memory of his dad Nick Kinsley who died in 2018. Nick was a gifted teacher and an ocean lover. The funds that Tom raises will go towards APs training of our volunteer rescue crew under The Nick Kinsley Scholarship.Tom explains more about this challenge below…
‘I became aware of the MDS many years ago, thinking it sounded like a fantastic challenge; a challenge that will require both mental and physical toughness. Where does the inspiration come from to take on an activity like this? Why push yourself to such extremes and risk injury? For me, the answers to those questions are quite simple: To learn more about myself, to raise awareness and funds for a great charity and to do so in memory of my Dad.
I am a keen runner who generally loves the outdoors and adventurous activities. I have previously competed in long course triathlons however am now looking forward to the new challenge of participating in a multi stage self sufficient foot race across one of the harshest environments on the planet. I will be taking on this adventure with one of my closest friends, Chris Carrington-Smith who lives in Lincolnshire, England. He also has a passion for the great outdoors and someone that I have shared some great adventures with. This will be another great adventure to share.
Supporting Atlantic Pacific was an easy choice. The charity provides such unique support to the maritime community where it is most needed. It is honestly run, founded on great principles, providing education and resources that are vitally needed. I lost my Dad to an ongoing fight with a long term illness in Jan 2018 and rather than focussing on what so tragically took my Dad from us, I wanted to focus on the positives of my Dad’s life. The Ocean is very much one of those. My Dad, Nick Kinsley, was a life long educator as a gifted teacher. He was also a lover of the Ocean, often at his happiest on the water, on any type of craft but particularly sailing. For these reasons, Supporting AP is such an easy choice and I am grateful that Robin and his team have agreed to establish a scholarship in my Dad’s name. Supporting two things that he was so passionate about: educating and the Ocean.
The Nick Kinsley Scholarship will fund the essential maritime rescue training for new volunteer crew members. These are usually young crew members who without this bursary might not be able to otherwise fund this training. I hope, in my Dad’s name, we can facilitate their ambitions of helping those in need.
The training for MDS is a long process that is not without its challenges. I have however been lucky enough to recently train in the USA while on a working trip: training at altitude in Utah and taking on significant elevation changes in the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Zion National Parks. Training is so far going to plan and I hope to be as prepared as I can be for this significant challenge. I will travel to Morocco to begin the race on 31 March. The race itself will take place between 3-11 April this year.
Any support that you can offer for this amazing charity will be so gratefully received. Atlantic Pacific really does do life changing and life saving work.’
A big thank you to Tom for supporting AP and wishing him the very best in such an amazing challenge!