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Runners like it hot to prepare for desert run

L-r: Colin Hiscock, Chris Gallagher and Ian Bayley outside the heat chamber at the University of Chichester SUS-140724-140446001

L-r: Colin Hiscock, Chris Gallagher and Ian Bayley outside the heat chamber at the University of Chichester SUS-140724-140446001

A GROUP of runners is upping its mileage as the temperature rises.

The Bognor Dune Runners are using the scorching summer weather as preparation for their entry in the gruelling Marathon des Sables next year.

The race across the Sahara Desert takes place next April and the Dune Runners – Colin Hiscock, Luke Simmonds, Ian Bayley, Chris Gallagher and Gary Pidgeon – have begun to increase their mileage to ensure they do their best for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice for which they are raising funds.

They have several marathons and ultra marathons planned for the upcoming months.

A spokesman for the runners said: “The training is tough and we will likely see our weekly mileage hit 70 miles but it’s worth it for such a good cause.”

Heat chamber training will start in March and see the team running in temperatures exceeding 35C.

The Marathon des Sables is known as the toughest footrace on the planet and is 150 miles through the Sahara Desert, unsupported over six days.

The heat during race has been known to hit 55C which makes for challenging running conditions.

Chestnut Tree House is the only facility in Sussex that provides care for children with life-limiting conditions. It also provides much-needed respite care for parents, siblings and family. The house, near Arundel, is mostly funded through charity.

 

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