Welsh Military Veterans set to take on Sahara Desert Challenge

  • Cardiff-based Huw Lewis MBE and Brian Edwards will be running grueling 156 mile race in April
  • The pair are calling on local people to help them raise £10,000 for Welsh charity
  • 1,500 miles run and 5 stone lost collectively by pair ahead of taking on huge sporting challenge

Two military veterans from Cardiff are calling for the public’s support to achieve a vast charity fundraising target as they embark on their final few weeks of training for the Marathon des Sables, otherwise known as The Toughest Footrace on Earth.

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Huw Lewis MBE and Brian Edwards, who both hold senior positions in Cardiff-headquartered training organisation MPCT (the Motivational Preparation College for Training), will be taking part in the grueling 6-day race. The pair will run a total of 156 miles across the tough terrain Sahara Desert, with the longest stage being 55 miles in a single 24-hour period.

The annual Marathon des Sables is taking place from 7 – 17 April. To prepare for this huge challenge, Mr Lewis and Mr Edwards are looking to run an impressive 1,500 miles between them and lose a combined weight of 5 stone, in order to be fit enough to compete in the brutal event.

The pair are taking on the Marathon des Sables to raise money for the Motivation & Learning Trust (MLT), a charity that helps young people to improve their employability and reach their full potential in life. They are hoping to raise a total of £10,000 for the charity, and have already raised more than £8,000. With their fundraising goal within touching distance, they have now turned to the public for help.

Huw Lewis MBE is the founder and managing director of MPCT, a training organisation headquartered in Cardiff that helps young people to build valuable life skills, self-confidence and prepare for future careers. He comments:

“My passion for the work that the Motivational & Learning Trust does to give young people opportunities they thought they might never see, is worth the pain and sacrifice that this demanding event requires. We are extremely proud to have raised such a large amount of money already, and are completely focused now on reaching our goal of £10,000.”

The Marathon des Sables has been running for 31 years and attracts around 1,000 competitors each year. To sponsor the pair, visit their JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/m-a-l-t/huwandbrianmds