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Race for lives

posted 26 Mar 2014, 01:56 by Web Admin   [ updated 26 Mar 2014, 01:57 ]
One of our parents to be (will be as of September 2014), Nick Saunders, is running a race - the race of his life and a race to help other lives. He writes: "I’m off to run a rather ridiculous race in 2 weeks. Looking to raise a whole load of money so would really appreciate your generosity. In memory of my Dad who died from cancer 10 years ago, I'm off to Morocco on 6 April 2014 to run the Marathon des Sables (MdS) - a six-day ultra marathon across the Sahara.

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The "race" (that's a joke, obviously) consists of running a marathon a day for six days across the desert, totalling 156 miles. The middle day is the longest stage where we run two marathons back to back. Just to make it more fun, we have to carry all our equipment for the entire adventure - a 12 kg backpack containing everything; food, water, clothes, cooking/sleeping/medical stuff, emergency flare, snake bite kit etc. Funnily enough, it gets hot in the Sahara (up to 50 degrees in April) so the French organisers have decided, in their wisdom, to make it even more challenging by limiting our daily water intake. Sacre bleu! I applied to enter ages ago (two year waiting list to run the so called toughest footrace on earth) so I’ve had plenty of time to get 'excited'.

I know what you're thinking: "Why (you idiot)?"

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Well, 10 years ago Dad came home from hospital to die. The Saunders family were very lucky and honoured to have Dawn, the most wonderful, caring, understanding Marie Curie nurse to help him (and us) through his last weeks. The problem is, although this service is free to those suffering, it costs £20 for a Marie Curie "Dawn" to spend just one hour with a patient - and there is a huge demand for these brilliant nurses. So I'm looking to raise £10,000 for Marie Curie.

Now, you know what's coming. But just think, you've got the easy bit - parting with your hard earned cash for this great opposed to six months of tedious training (lap after lap after lap around Richmond Park), countless blisters, aches and pains, 12 weeks of no chocolate and far too many dried nuts! (ok, all nuts are dried, but you know what I mean). Plus I have the delightful prospect of six days of twinges, torment and torture in the desert to look forward to. Bring it on!!!

Soooooo, I would really, really, really appreciate it if you could help me through the pain by donating to Marie Curie, a fab charity.

Thank you so much.