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PT Shaun takes on epic charity task

SCOTTISH personal trainer Shaun Gray has set himself the epic task of completing the Marathon des Sables – and is now appealing for sponsors and donations to help him get there.
Shaun, who up to now has never run further than a 10k, hopes to take part in the 2017 race – a mammoth 156 mile trek through the Sahara Desert – to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
But with a race entry fee of £3,500 – and a predicted overall cost to take part of £6,000 – Shaun is facing an initial fundraising battle to even get him to the starting line.
He explained: “It started out as a search for a life changing challenge, a personal adventure. Then in October last year my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
My mum passed away in a Marie Curie hospice on January 1 2015. Although her time in the hospice hadn't been overly long, the treatment she received from the staff was nothing short of fantastic.
“I had been planning on re-doing the 10km mud run I had completed the year before for Marie Curie Cancer Care, but then I heard Sir Ranulph Fiennes was doing the 2015 MdS raising funds for Marie Curie.
“That gave me the idea to take on the challenge, as not only a personal life achievement but as a way to try and raise a substantial amount of money for a great cause.”
To raise the money needed, Shaun has set up a Crowd Funder page – www.CrowdFunder.co.uk/Marathon-des-Sables – and is also looking for sponsors who can support him either with financial donations or with some of the kit he needs.
He’s also planning on organising some local charity events to boost his efforts, as well as spreading the word via social media to drum up interest and donations.
If he does raise enough to take part, he’ll be blogging about – and hopefully filming – the experience, potentially providing valuable coverage for companies who do come on board and lend their support.
He added: “156 miles, six days through the Sahara Desert, carrying all your own equipment and food, in temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius. It is one hell of a challenge for even the fittest of runners.
“Places for the event go really quickly and 2016 is already fully booked. I have to begin the campaign now. There’s very little time.”

Go backPosted on 11th June 2015