Countryside campaigner runs desert marathon for CPRE!
Message from Joel Whittaker re. his upcoming desert run in aid of CPRE:
I will be running 135 miles across the Libyan desert in February 2011 in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the CPRE. This is a challenging run as I'll be self-navigating across the desert and also up against a time limit of 75 hrs. There are only three Brits on this run and Libya has only recently opened its doors to westerners so I feel incredibly lucky to be on this event.
This run obviously focuses on endurance and I have been training hard to ensure I'm fit enough not only to complete the course but also to get around the course within the allotted time. I do a large amount of cross training to reach a good state of fitness, lots of running, cycling and any thing else that raises the pulse for an extended time.
The temperature in Libya during February will be a steady 25 degrees C so not too hot and as I work in the middle east occasionally I will have time to acclimatise whilst training over there. I'm sure the temperature will be a big shock compared to the UK in February!
The CPRE is a hugely useful organisation that has done some amazing things for the English countryside. I really appreciate our green isle and will work hard to ensure I complete this run and raise as much money as possible for this worthwhile cause.
Please support me and the CPRE by donating to this cause, you can follow the link below or check out the Audlem Tree Care website that has further info on this event plus a links page for the CPRE and the charity medium, justgiving.