The Stage Race Handbook is my all-new book: it is a comprehensive guide on how to train, prepare for and complete multi-day races like the 4 Deserts series and Marathon des Sables.

I’ve spent months writing it and putting it all together, and had help from a group of the most experienced stage racers I could hunt down in order to distill the advice into as practical a guide as possible.

The Stage Race Handbook:  A Comprehensive Guide On How To Train, Prepare For and Complete Multi-day Races Including 4 Deserts series and Marathon Des Sables

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Ever heard of a stage race?

I first heard about them four years ago, when I was looking for a fresh running challenge and stumbled across the website for a 6-day, 250km race through remote Madagascar – in which you had to carry all your equipment with you for the whole week.  The race captured my attention completely, and 12 months later I approached the starting line of my first ever stage race.


Me struggling in Madagascar

A week later I was exhausted and beaten but had loved every second.   I’ve since gone on to run several more stage races in various crazy places across the world (including Cambodia and Namibia).

And now, I’ve written a book about how to prepare for, train and complete Stage Races – with help from a few of the very best stage racers in the world, including Dean Karnazes, Ryan Sandes, Rory Coleman and Dion Leonard to name a few.

The Stage Race Handbook:  A Comprehensive Guide On How To Train, Prepare For and Complete Multi-day Races Including 4 Deserts series and Marathon Des Sables

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Stage Race (definition):

A Stage Race is a foot race that takes place over more than one day – or stage.   They typically cover between two and six stages, and often involve the runner carrying all required food, clothing and equipment with them while they run.  Some stage races provide food and shelter at the end of each day, while others have a higher degree of self-sufficiency.  Given there are so many stage races with different formats and elements, it’s a wide field to try and categorise. Stage races are sometimes referred to as multi-stage races.


An Epic Book For Epic Adventures

Stage Races are more than footraces, they are epic journeys.   They require a different mindset to regular footraces – one of grit and endurance.   Stage races usually involve sustained discomfort over several days…have I sold it to you yet?

Stage races are amongst the toughest endurance events in the world.  Epic foot races spread over several days and hundreds of kilometres, often with the runners carrying all of their food and equipment on their back.


A stage race campsite in the Global Limits Cambodia race

This comprehensive guide covers all aspects of preparing, training and completing stage races. It includes extensive expert advice on equipment choices, preparation and packing, food and hydration, planning, how to train, practical advice for the trails and lessons learned from many stage race veterans.

Thomas Watson is a serial stage race runner who also runs MarathonHandbook.com.  The book includes a foreword by Dean Karnazes, as well as insights from stage race veterans such as Rory Coleman, Ryan Sandes and many other Marathon des Sables finishers and 4 Deserts series Grand Slammers.

Hey – not convinced yet?  Download the first 14 pages here for free to get the intro and overview of all the juicy contents!


Me in the 4 Deserts Namibia race, May 2016

If you get the chance to check out my book, then awesome – I hope you get a lot of benefit from it.  I’d love it if you could leave a nice review on the Amazon product page – those reviews and ratings make a huge difference to the ultimate impact and reach the book has, and helps us continue to work on more material to help distance runners achieve their goals!

The Stage Race Handbook:  A Comprehensive Guide On How To Train, Prepare For and Complete Multi-day Races Including 4 Deserts series and Marathon Des Sables

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