The documentary will focus on the actors’ mission to complete the world’s toughest ultra-marathon, the Marathon des Sables (MDS), in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The first two episodes, entitled 'Rich and Mark – running the Sahara’, will be screened tomorrow (25 June) and Friday (27 June) at 8.25pm on S4C. Both actors finished in the top 350 out of the 1029 competitors who started the marathon which took place in April.
The MDS has boosted their fundraising total which is helping to fund Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research projects at Cardiff University.
To help them prepare for the gruelling six day, 156 mile challenge across the Sahara Desert, their training included running regular ultra-marathons along with sessions in heat regulated chambers at the Porsche Centre Silverstone.
Speaking about his experience, Mark says: “
“It was the most difficult and challenging experience but also the most wonderful. To be at the starting line of the most difficult foot race on the planet with a thousand people from all over the world with Highway To Hell blasting out over the loudspeakers was an immense experience and one that will stay with us forever. To cross the finishing line carrying the Welsh flag and receiving a medal from Patrick Bauer [MDS Race Director] was a humbling moment mixed with a great sense of relief and jubilation.”
Richard, who first ran for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research at the 2007 London Marathon, was inspired to take part in the MDS after his friend died from a form of lymphoma.
He says: “A friend of mine, Iwan Williams, a multi-talented charm of a lad, who had battled with lymphoma for nearly four years, succumbed to the disease. He was 37 years old and left a beautiful wife, Lowri and six-year-old son, Cian behind.
“The team of researchers in Cardiff, who are funded by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, spend their whole lives thinking about blood cancers for the good of mankind. That’s why we did this, to fund the lifesaving research that will one day find the cure for all blood cancers.”
You can still support Mark and Richard by visiting their fundraising page.
The documentary will be available to view online (with English subtitles) here.