David Stewart

Highland MSP tables motion recognising the efforts of Duncan Slater as he completes the Marathon Des Sables

2 May 2017

Highlands & Islands Regional MSP, David Stewart, has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating double amputee and war veteran, Duncan Slater from Muir of Ord after he completed what is often called the toughest race on earth last month.

 David said ,

"We can all be humbled by the achievements of Duncan after he completed the gruelling trek of 156 miles in the desert in temperatures of 50C and whilst at the same time raising in excess of £20k towards the Walking With Wounded Charity. What an inspirational achievement by a local veteran who hopefully will give hope to so many.”


David's Motion :

Title: Duncan Slater Completes the Marathon Des Sables

That the Parliament congratulates Duncan Slater, who is a veteran from Muir of Ord, on, it understands, being the first person to have undergone a double amputation to complete the Marathon Des Sables in Morocco, which is sometimes described as the toughest race on Earth; notes that Duncan and his colleague, Chris Moore, raised £20,000 towards Walking With The Wounded's project for former armed forces members with mental health difficulties by completing the challenge, which involved travelling across 156 miles of the Sahara desert in temperatures of up to 50C; acknowledges that he did this despite being told once that he would never be able to walk again, and considers Duncan to be tremendously inspirational by showing that, despite injury, people can still achieve many things.