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REID Lifting Managing Director completes the Toughest Foot Race on Earth

Nick Battersby, managing director of Reid Lifting, is a man with a passion for running.

He has faced sandstorms, temperatures topping 50 degrees celsius and an encounter with a scorpion – but is home from his desert marathon challenge safe and sound.

Nick has successfully completed the Marathon Des Sables 2011, a grueling six marathons in seven days through the Sahara desert in Morocco, carrying his own food, sleeping bag, lilo and equipment.

The 254 kilometer challenge, also known as the Toughest Footrace on Earth, is so testing that two people have died doing it – fortunately this year no participants met with the same fate.

The 51-year-old said he came away with a few toenails less and several blisters, but was relatively unscathed. Nick said the hardest part was taking in enough water to run in the severe heat.

“At one point I was 130th overall, but I got worse as it became hotter. The last couple of days I was very tired and drained by the heat. I had to tape my feet up in the morning and try to start running again to block out the pain. Some people’s feet were unbelievably bad”.

Luckily he did not need his anti-venom pump, but did see a scorpion pass his tent one night.

He was the 165th person to cross the finishing line out of 849 participants. Nick described the support from the locals as immense.

“In the middle of nowhere there would be a couple of little boys clapping you on and I thought ‘where have they come from?’ There was nothing around for miles.”

REID Lifting, supplies Portable Lifting Systems to the Water and Waste Water Industry – this was one of the reasons why he decided to raise money for Water Aid. Nick was delighted to have reached his target of £4,000 so quickly.

To donate and to learn more about Nick’s extreme challenge, go to the website via the link below.

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REID Lifting fundraising for WATERAID
REID Lifting fundraises for WATERAID
Marathon des Sables - REID Lifting, Nick Battersby
Nick Battersby REID Lifting fundraising running event
Nick Battersby during Marathon des Sables REID Lifting fundraising