Find out more about Doug Ruddock who’s running six marathons in six days for the Lighthouse Trust!

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Find out more about Doug Ruddock, who turned 66 last week and will be running six marathons in six days across the Sahara Desert doing the Marathon Des Sables. We all think he’s mad but he is driven, motivated and completed a range of ultra-challenges for charity across the globe and this will be an incredible experience.

Doug is raising money for a children including the Lighthouse Trust Summer School, a cause very close to Doug and his families’ hearts so please give generously at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/douglasruddock1

Q1: What inspired you to run to enter the Marathon Des Sables and run six marathons in six days?

Doug: I decided after many years of challenges such as climbing Kilimanjaro & Ironman NZ that there was maybe one more left in me. I had always used my previous events to try & help children in need through the COCO under Steve Cram’s patronship.

I’d almost entered the Marathon Des Sables in late the 1980’s while living in South Africa but due to circumstance it never came off. I put my name on waiting list for the 2017 race but as it was oversubscribed I only managed to get the 2018 entry.

Q2: Why did you choose the charities you’re giving to?

Doug: It was in & around this time (2017) that my grandson Thomas was diagnosed with cerebral palsy & while it was a huge moment in our family’s journey I did not immediately think of using my efforts to raise awareness & funds. After investigating & seeing the Lighthouse Trust Summer School was a local charity I decided to commit my efforts to raising funds for both charities.

Q3: Can you tell us a bit more about your training?

Doug: I started serious run training about 8 months ago after a long lay off. I ahd still remained fairly fit with triathlon. Now after 30 weeks and approx. 1500 miles (!!) of training I have entered the taper period. This is where I try & let my body recover before leaving for Morocco & the start of the race in just over 2 weeks.

Doug is raising money for a children including the Lighthouse Trust Summer School, a cause very close to Doug and his families’ hearts so please give generously at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/douglasruddock1