A Bushey man is taking on one of the toughest endurance events in the world next April, just three years after taking up running.
Alistair Flowers, 30, of Belmont Road, is preparing for the gruelling 250km Marathon des Sables across the Sahara Desert. To prepare for the event, Alistair has plenty of running events lined up and will even spend time in a heart chamber to help his body adjust to high temperatures.
He said: “Having just recently come back from sand running training in North Devon, my next event will be the Bushey 10k on July 6 and then I am going to make things a bit tougher for myself by doing the Grim Reaper Ultra Marathon in Lincolnshire on August 1. That run is 40 miles long.
“On my birthday, October 26, I am doing the Frankfurt Marathon and then in January of next year I am going to see if there are any more ultra marathons I can enter before April.
“Any money I raise from all of these marathons is going towards the charity of my choice this year, London’s Air Ambulance. Literally I want to do as much as I possibly can before the Marathon des Sables.”
Alistair, who only took up running three years ago, said he enjoys challenging himself. He said: “I like seeing the world and being adventurous. I know it’s going to be very difficult to do the event in April but I want to push the boundaries and put in the miles and do the hard work. Kingston University have allowed me to use their heat chamber [not strictly true, I have to pay! – AF] so I can get used to the temperature of what it is going to be like next April. I don’t want to leave any stone unturned.”
Perhaps most enlightening of all though is Alistair sees all of these extremely tough and energy sapping races as a “hobby.”
“Some people collect train sets, go birdwatching or play gold as their hobbies. My hobby is I like to run very far.”
For more information on Alistair’s runs, visit his blog at www.alistairflowers.com
by Nicholas Tunney (MyBusheyNews)