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Spencer Matthews Great Desert Challenge for Global’s Make Some Noise

Spencer Matthews was a guest on Heart Breakfast this morning where he announced he’s to take on a big challenge to raise funds for Global’s Make Some Noise.

He told hosts Amanda Holden and Jamie Theakston that this summer he’ll attempt the Great Desert Challenge, a gruelling 30 marathons in 30 days in the Jordanian desert, where he will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most consecutive marathons run on sand!

The challenge will see Spencer run in soaring temperatures of up to 45 degrees, beginning in the undulating Wadi Rum on the edge of the Arabian desert and finishing near the Dead Sea.

Spencer said: “I love to push myself and I have always been fascinated by others who push physical boundaries. I would love for as many people as possible to get involved, help raise money for the vital community projects Global’s Make Some Noise funds and follow along on the journey.”

In order to safely prepare for the challenge, which will take place from 29 July to 27 August, Spencer is undertaking a gruelling training regime, running more than 1,800km in preparation and acclimatising his body using sweat testing, and training for up to 15 consecutive days in a lab-controlled heat chamber set to 40C and 40% humidity, in an effort to mimic the conditions of the Jordanian desert.

Spencer continued: “I’ve previously completed the Marathon de Sables (the world’s toughest foot race) and The Jungle Ultra, but this challenge is five times the length of each of these. Running on sand is a different beast all together. If my feet leave the sand at any point, that marathon will be void and I will have to start again.”

He added that he’s looking to use the challenge to make as big a difference as possible for Global’s Make Some Noise because it makes such a difference to the lives of so many people by supporting causes across the UK.

To qualify for the Guinness World Record, Spencer will need to run the full distance – 1,266km – on sand. He will not be able to cross roads, grass, rivers or other terrain during the 30 marathons, making the challenge a logistical, as well as physical and mental feat.

A dedicated adjudicator will be present during every marathon and will monitor Spencer’s progress in order for it to register as a successful Guinness World Record.

Heart will be following Spencer’s journey throughout the challenge, providing listeners with regular on-air updates.

Speaking to Jamie and Amanda on-air, Spencer added: “I’ve always been interesting in how far the human mind and body can go; I’ve always been inspired by certain other events that have been achieved by athletes and just people in general.

“I’ve taken part in some really tough races, and I wanted to push the boat out this time and try my best to make as difference as possible.”



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