Boy from Cork to run six grueling ultra-marathons in the Sahara Desert to raise funds for SHARE
A boy from Cork takes on a massive challenge in one of the world’s most hostile environments to raise money for SHARE.
Robert Clarke is about to participate in the Marathon des Sables, an exhausting endurance running race, which consists of running 6 ultra-marathons in less than a week in the Sahara desert.
The Midleton local will launch its challenge on Sunday October 3 with 1,200 other competitors.
He will face difficult terrain in an environment where midday temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius on a course that will challenge his mental and physical strength and put all his training to the test.
The race is dubbed the toughest in the world and will see competitors cover over 254km in 6 days, carrying everything they need on their backs.
Robert is also using his unique adventure as a platform to raise awareness and fundraise for his local Cork charity, SHARE.
SHARE was founded in 1970 by students from Presentation Brothers College in Cork, who raised funds to try to make existing housing more comfortable for vulnerable older people.
SHARE has 140 housing units throughout the city which are supervised and maintained by volunteers.
Excited by the race, as he makes the final preparations for his flight to Morocco, Clarke is not impressed by the challenge that awaits him: “It should be crazy but good craic I hope.
“My resilience and conditioning training has been tough. I know I will be tested, but my goal is to take each day as it comes.
“I am traveling light, with food for the week, a sleeping bag, cooking supplies, water and a few essentials from the kit. I will do my best to complete the course as a personal goal and maximize the fundraising. funds for SHARE.
“I am delighted with the response so far and thank everyone for their support and encouragement, which already adds a bit of pep to my approach.”
Robert has already raised over € 2,000 for SHARE. You can show your support for Robert’s SHARE campaign here.