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Iain's Marathon des Sables 2014 page

running 156 miles across the Sahara desert for CHUF because I am raising money for two North East Charities

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  • Event: Marathon des Sables, 06 Apr 2014 to 12 Apr 2014

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CHUF'S aim is to raise money to buy equipment, facilities, aftercare and research for the Children's Heart Unit and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Freeman Hospital. Helping people achieve their dreams! #CHUF

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

 I am attempting to complete the Marathon des Sable to raise money for two north east charities. The Marathon des Sables covers 243km/151 miles run over 7 days – equivalent to 5 1/2 regular marathons. In addition to that, I have to carry everything I will need for the duration (apart from a tent) on in a rucksack (food, clothes, medical kit, sleeping bag etc). Water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint. On the 4th day, I will set off across the barren wilderness to complete a 50 - 56 mile stage. Few people complete this before dark that evening and some will not come in until after dark the next night, meaning a night running through the Sahara with only a head torch and compass. Temperatures regularly exceed 50 degrees celsius and then can plummet below freezing at night. Essential compulsory kit includes an emergency flare and a venom pump!

Preparing for such a task as the Marathon des Sable has not been an easy task, I have lost over 6 stone trying to get ready to take on the challenge in the Sahara and I am currently training over 20 hours per week; this takes its toll both mentally and physically. I am apprehensive about the task that lies ahead but the thought of raising money to support the lives of young children or develop a sport that I love will drive me forward through the sands of the Sahara.

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