A BUSINESSMAN from Leamington is about to run the ‘toughest footrace on earth’ to raise thousands of pounds for the NSPCC.
Guy Dunwoody, marketing director at Travel Management Group will run the Marathon Des Sables next month in the Moroccan Sahara.
In temperatures reaching 120F, Guy will spend six days running, walking and trekking across 150 miles of rocky, stony ground and sand dunes in what is said to be the world’s toughest footrace.
“It will be the equivalent of 5.5 marathons, only in extreme conditions and fighting high temperatures, sand storms and blisters!” said the 38 year-old, who will also be carrying on his back everything he will need for six days, other than water.
“Some of my family and friends are questioning my sanity but what is life without a few challenges thrown in along the way. From what I understand the event is about getting tired, hungry, hot and sunburnt.”
Guy hopes to raise £11,000 – every penny of which will go to the NSPCC as he is paying all his own expenses.
Training began last August and he has run a dozen long distance races, including winning the Iceman Trail Run and the Dover half-marathon, coming second in the Trailscape South Marathon and fifth in the 66-mile Pilgrims Challenge. He has also been using a heat acclimation chamber at Silverstone.
A former sprinter with Coventry Godiva Harriers, Guy began long distance running with the London Marathon in 1999. Since then he has run marathons in Valencia, Barcelona, Florence and Pisa; undertaken Ironman challenges in France, Germany and Austria; and competed in other endurance events in Denmark and Canada.
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