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Frome man to take on “toughest race on Earth”

AFROMEman will take on a six-day, 150 mile marathon across the blistering heat of the Sahara desert to raise cash for a good cause.

Andrew Bar-Sim will compete in the Marathon des Sables, labelled by the Discovery Channel as the “toughest footrace on Earth”. It is the equivalent of six regular 26.2 mile marathons.

The race will set off from southern Morocco and pass through the Sahara desert in western Africa.

Andrew will join just 805 runners from all across the world who will take part in the colossal Sahara race, which begins on Sunday 7th of April.

For most people, running non-stop in 50 degrees heat will seem too much, but this is Andrew’s second time competing in the Marathon des Sables and his way of raising cash for a cause close to his heart.

He said, “I was diagnosed with neck cancer and was treated and operated on by the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath and my five years’ remission ends in September this year. So I’m running to raise friends for the RUH’s Forever Friends appeal.”

The charity aims to raise cash to fund state-of-the-art cancer diagnostic equipment for use at the RUH in Bath.

“The last time I ran the event, the heat topped 52 degrees. There was no mobile phones or internet and the mind just declusters from every day life. It was an amazing feeling.

“I am dreading day four though, which consists of a 50-mile run in one day. It is really challenging.”

In 2008 Andrew completed the mammoth course to raise cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care, who cared for his father before he died. The charity provides end of life care for terminally ill patients in their own homes, or in one of their nine hospices.

This year, Andrew hopes to raise £3,000 for the Forever Friends Appeal. You can donate to Andrew’s cause by visiting www.justgiving.com/andrewmds2013

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