Running 150 miles across Africa’s Sahara desert, one of the hottest places on earth, may be seen as complete madness to most people, but that is exactly what awaits two Roundhouse Directors in less than two weeks.
On April 3rd in Morocco, Roundhouse Managing Director Jeremy Lefton and Director Janet Lefton will begin their six day 155 mile Marathon des Sables through the Sahara desert all for the benefit of Brain Tumour Research.
As part of Team Roundhouse with relatives Tom and Michelle Rothwell, Jeremy and Janet will join 1,000 other competitors from all over the world to run five marathons in five days followed by a monster double-length marathon on the sixth, and final, day.
2015 marks the 28th consecutive year of the gruelling Marathon des Sables race, recognised by many as the toughest race on earth; not least because of battling against temperatures of 50C (122F) while pounding away through the barren sand dunes of the Sahara landscape, carrying 9kg of equipment on your back.
It will prove to be a real test of endurance for all, but sure to be worth it for Team Roundhouse as they continue raising money for a charity close to their hearts.
Jeremy is excited to get going, but admitted that the 12 months’ preparation for the race hasn’t been easy mainly due to the differing climates. He said: “One of the biggest problems is training because it’s hard in the UK to recreate the sweltering heat we are set to ensure in the Sahara. That said, I can’t wait to get out there and raise lots of money for Brain Tumour Research in the process.”
The family team has so far raised just under £6,500 for Brain Tumour Research who work to raise funds for research into brain tumours and to help improve the outcomes for brain tumour patients both now and in the future.
You can find out more information about the charity here and for full details of what awaits Team Roundhouse in the desert visit the Marathon des Sables official website. If you would like to make a donation to Team Roundhouse’s fundraising, please visit www.justgiving.com/family-in-sahara/.