Leamington businessman to take on the ‘world’s toughest footrace’ to raise money for the NSPCC

Guy Dunwoody, of Travel Management Group in Leamington, is running the Marathon des Sables in April.
Guy Dunwoody, of Travel Management Group in Leamington, is running the Marathon des Sables in April.

A Leamington businessman is about to run the ‘toughest footrace on earth’ to raise thousands of pounds for the NSPCC.

Guy Dunwoody, 38, marketing director at Travel Management Group in Dormer Place will run the Marathon des Sables in the Moroccan Sahara on April 10.

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 Guy.

“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 the former Coventry Godiva Harriers sprinter and experienced Marathon and Ironman Challege runner has run a dozen long distance races since then, including winning the Iceman Trail Run and the CTS 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. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MDS-Guy