Desert man

Double amputee Duncan Slater conquered the searing heat of the Sahara to become the first double leg amputee to complete The Marathon of the Sands.

Known as the ‘toughest race on Earth’, the former RAF sergeant and Afghanistan veteran completed the 156-mile challenge at his second attempt.

The race is the equivalent of six marathons in six days and the 38-year-old completed it walking on prosthetic legs.

Slater was also the first double amputee to ski to the South Pole in 2013 as part of a team that included Prince Harry.

He said: “I hope I will inspire others to know that there is life beyond injury.”