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REID gives Water Aid a lift

Make a DONATION to WaterAid at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/NickBattersby or contact Reid Lifting office on 01291 620796 if you would like to sponsor the challenge.

REID Lifting Managing Director, Nick Battersby, is taking on one of the world’s toughest running challenges to raise funds for Water Aid, an international non governmental organisation whose mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water in the world’s poorest communities.

Nick, a keen marathon runner and member of Chepstow Harriers, has run in many locations around the world, but nothing as extreme as the MARATHON DES SABLES, a gruelling 151 miles run across the Sahara Desert in temperatures of up to 140° F, over 6 days carrying his own kit & food.

Nick said “MdS has always been a challenge that I’d like to try ‘one day’. Somehow I got talked into entering and felt if I’m to make the effort I should run to raise money for Water Aid, a very important global charity with real relevance particularly in the African continent. Apart from being a life changing charity their activity has a marvellous legacy that has value for many years to come. As a key supplier to the international Water Industry we are very aware of the challenges facing many people around the world and this is a small opportunity to help raise funds.” REID Lifting supplies lightweight, portable lifting systems to the Water Industry and other markets internationally.

DONATIONS or SPONSORSHIP for Water Aid:
Make a donation to WaterAid at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/NickBattersby
• Send Cheques payable to Water Aid to REID Lifting Ltd, Unit 1 Severnlink, Newhouse Farm Industrial Estate, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6UN, UK
•Contact Lisa Barnwell or Phil Ellis at Reid Lifting on 01291 620796
All companies making a donation or sponsoring Nick will be recognised on REID Lifting’s website with live links.

THE MARATHON DES SABLES – THE TOUGHEST FOOTRACE ON EARTH
It covers 243km/151 miles (in sections similar to 25, 34, 38, 82, 42, 22 km) run over 6 days; equivalent to 5 1/2 regular marathons. In addition to that, competitors have to carry everything they will need for the duration (apart from a tent) on their backs in a rucksack (food, clothes, medical kit, sleeping bag etc). Water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint.

Competitors have to prepare all their own food throughout the race without any chance of finding a Tesco store or corner grocery shops. They will experience mid-day temperatures of up to 120°F, running or walking on uneven rocky, stony ground as well as 15 – 20% of the distance being in sand dunes.
The heat, distance and rubbing will trash feet and may cause severe trauma if incorrect equipment is used.
The 4th day, will set off across the barren wilderness to complete a 45 – 50 mile stage. Few people complete this before dark that evening and some will not come in till after dark the next night. This is followed by the 42km Marathon stage!!

The majority of competitors raise money through sponsorship. Potential sponsors will appreciate, admire and respect the determination in entering the ‘toughest footrace on Earth’, especially when doing it for such a good cause as WaterAid. PLEASE help Nick help Water Aid, help the neediest people with the most fundamental resource needed by everyone and taken for granted by all of us… clean, safe water.

For examples of what Water Aid can do with your donation/sponsorship, please click on: Water Aid.

We would like to thank our DONORS, SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS:
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