Published 13 Feb 2015

Stuart Pinnington, Group Head of Institutional Services at JTC, will be partaking in the Marathon Des Sables (MdS) in Morocco, also known as ‘the toughest footrace on Earth’, this April to raise funds for a charity supporting disabled children and their families in the UK.

In order to complete the Marathon Des Sables, which is now in its 28th consecutive year and starts on 5th April 2015, Stuart will need to conquer a course distance of 250km over seven days in the Sahara Desert, a feat that amounts to running a total of six full marathons in 40-50 degree Celsius heat within the space of a week. The challenge is also a ‘self-sufficient’ marathon meaning that competitors have to carry everything they need, except water, for the week on their backs.

Stuart will be racing in the company of similarly motivated individuals from around the world, including the legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes who is aiming to complete the marathon and add it to his long list of accomplishments.

Stuart will be running to raise money for the Caudwell Children charity (www.caudwellchildren.com) which aims to provide family support services, equipment, treatment, and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK. The organisation also runs a programme for talented disabled athletes and holiday scheme for children fighting life threatening conditions.

Commenting on the challenge and his reasons for running it, Stuart said:

“Fitness has always played a massive part in my life and will continue to do so for as long as I can compete. Many children and their families are not so lucky, however, and for one reason or another, do not have the opportunity or capacity to take part in sports like we all can.  This is why I decided to raise funds for such a fantastic charity in Caudwell Children.  I firmly share the values we all live by here at JTC and believe that giving back to the community, in creative and innovative ways, to ensure a successful future for all is absolutely vital. Hopefully by completing this challenge I will be able to make a difference in some children’s lives so that they can achieve their own future aspirations and enjoy sport as much as I do.”

Donations can be made to Stuart’s fundraising drive at www.justgiving.com/stuart-pinnington