Claire Horrex
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The Marathon Des Sables begins...

Claire Horrex
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04 Apr 2014

Today sees Welsh Actors Mark Lewis Jones & Richard Harrington fly out to the Sahara to get ready to take on the Marathon Des Sables which begins on Sunday.

The Marathon des Sables is ranked by the Discovery Channel as the toughest footrace on earth. Known simply as the MdS, the race is a gruelling multi-stage 151 mile adventure through a formidable landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates - the Sahara desert. The rules require you to be self-sufficient, to carry with you on your back everything except water that you need to survive. You are given a place in a tent to sleep at night, but any other equipment and food must be carried.

Both actors have been training hard in between filming including running on a treadmill for an hour at a time in a room at Silverstone in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees to acclimatise themselves to the toughest part of the challenge - the heat!

Mark & Richard have been long term supporters of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research but following the sad death of a close friend, they both decided that they wanted to do more and signed up to the MDS last year.

This is going to be a tough challenge for them both, but they are determined to finish and also to raise £100,000 which will go towards projects at Cardiff University.  Professor Chris Pepper is exploring how chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) cells survive and grow.  "Meeting Mark & Richard, and understanding how committed they are to helping in the fight against blood cancers, has been a total inspiration to me.  I feel incredibly humbled that they are willing to invest so much of themselves in order to support blood cancer research."

Good Luck to them both from everyone at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.  Pob Lwc bois!

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Sara T

Best of luck to them both! An incredible challenge, and wonderful guys :)