MOWER boss Austin Jarrett, from Hixon, will be hoping to motor when he attempts to run 156 miles across the Sahara Desert in just six days to raise money for charity.
Austin, who is 49 and the managing director of Allett Mowers, will be participating in the gruelling "Marathon Des Sables", described as the toughest foot race on Earth, in April to raise funds for four different charities.
Rather than running for one particular charity and being funded by that charity, Austin is paying for all of his own expenses. This means every penny raised through donations will be given to his chosen charities – Help for Heroes, which provides support to those in the armed forces and their families; The Eve Appeal, the only national gynaecological cancer research charity; Voluntary Services Overseas, which helps to improve lives of people in developing countries; and the Oak Tree Rural Project, a local Staffordshire charity which provides support and training to adults with learning disabilities.
Austin and his fellow competitors will endure temperatures of up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and will have to carry all the equipment they need, except water, on their backs.
“I started running over ten years ago and have ran a number of long distance races, but decided I needed a serious challenge – and this is definitely it!,” explains Austin.
“It is also my 50th birthday this year and I decided to make sure I turned 50 being the fittest I could possibly be – it could also be a midlife crisis! Helping my chosen charities as much as I can is also extremely important and the Marathon Des Sables will allow me to achieve both,” adds Austin.
For further information about Austin’s challenge and how to sponsor him please visit http://austinjarrett.wix.com/marathondessables.