Marathon man trains for 143 mile challenge

A DONCASTER runner is putting his best foot forward to train for a gruelling 143 mile marathon in the Sahara Desert.

Andrew Landells, 26. is raising money for Mencap as part of a 14-strong team and is putting the miles in ahead of the Marathon des Sables that will take place in 2013 in Morocco.

Rew, as he is known by his friends and family, of Tickhill, said: “I am excited and can’t wait to get out there. There is a certain amount of anxiousness though.”

The Marathon des Sables, named the toughest race on Earth, is run over a week with distances ranging from nine to 50 miles every day.

By far the most difficult day will be the fourth where Rew will have to run the maximum 50 miles through the day and night within 34 hours.

If he does not reach checkpoint four - the half-way line - within 16 hours then he will be disqualified.

“Day four is going to be a very hard stage. I am quite apprehensive at the moment but I am going to try at some point next year to run the correct distances every day.”

Rew, a firefighter originally from Harworth, will be running in average temperatures of 30 degrees in the day.

To compete in the race Rew has to raise a total of at least £9,500. visit www.rewmds2013.com to sponsor him.