Spencer Matthews’ 30 Marathons in 30 Days for charity

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Celebrity Spencer Matthews hopes to smash the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive marathons run on sand this summer.

Matthews will attempt to run 30 marathons in 30 days through the Jordanian desert in soaring temperatures of up to 45 degrees. The challenge begins in the undulating Wadi Rum on the edge of the Arabian desert and finishes near the Dead Sea.

Launching his mission on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden, Matthews said that the money raised will support charities across the UK as part of Global’s Make Some Noise, the official charity of Global, the Media & Entertainment group.

“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,” said Matthews.

To prepare for the challenge, which will take place from 29th July to 27th 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, to mimic the conditions of the Jordanian desert.

“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 altogether. If my feet leave the sand at any point, that marathon will be void and I will have to start again,” added Matthews.

The money raised during the challenge will help Global’s Make Some Noise to change lives across the UK, by supporting small charities to deliver vital services within their communities – tackling issues such as mental health, poverty and homelessness.

Matthews continued: “I’m looking to use the challenge to make as big a difference as possible for charity. Global’s Make Some Noise is incredible and makes a massive difference to the lives of so many people by supporting causes across the UK, some of which I have had the pleasure of meeting, so I am honoured to be getting behind the phenomenal work that they do. Having their work and your support front of mind will keep me going.”

To qualify for the Guinness World Record, Matthews must 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, physical and mental feat.

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