From snow...to the Sahara desert!

Liam O'Brien: In training for the forthcoming Saharan marathon.'p7721a206

Liam O'Brien: In training for the forthcoming Saharan marathon.'p7721a206

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FITNESS fanatic Liam O’Brien will face a marathon challenge when he swops snowy Pontefract Park for a 26-mile run in the Sahara desert.

The 38-year-old personal trainer, of Monkhill, will go from training in icy -2 degree temperatures to sprinting in blistering 30 degree heat when he tackles the gruelling Sahara Marathon in Algeria to raise cash for charity Sandblast.

Liam, who runs company Pontefract Kettleballs, said: “It’s not something that’s easy to train for, especially in this weather, but I’m confident I can do it.

“Last year I ran the Limassol Marathon in Cyprus for the Dogs Trust, but felt I needed to up my game. I hope I can raise a lot of money for this fantastic charity.”

The fitness coach, who has been training with Ackworth Road Runners, will fly to Madrid before boarding a plane to the Sahara desert on February 24.

After running the marathon on February 27, he will then spend a week living with a family of Saharwi refugees who are supported by the charity.

He said: “It’s going to be a life-changing experience to see first-hand how they live. The camps have been there for 35 years.

“In some ways, running the marathon will be the easy part. By living with a Saharwi family I’ll see a whole other world and how Sandblast makes a difference to their lives.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/sand-in-my-shoes to sponsor Liam. Visit www.pontefract kettlebells.co.uk or email liam@pontefract kettlebells.co.uk for more information.