DETERMINED Tim Mulcare is taking on the toughest footrace on earth to raise money for charity in memory of his friend.
The 34-year-old will be competing in the Marathon des Sables next month – a 250km six-day foot race across the Sahara desert carrying everything he needs on his back to survive.
Tim, a technical director at a marketing company, is undertaking the challenge, equivalent to six back-to-back marathons, in one of the hottest and driest places on the planet, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
He has decided to dedicate the race as a tribute to his friend Dave Nelson, who died from cancer earlier this year.
The dad-of-two said: ‘Dave’s Macmillan nurse was a truly amazing source of support for him and his family from both a practical and emotional perspective.’
Tim, of Camellia Way, Whiteley, was inspired to get fit and active after reevaluating his life choices.
He said: ‘I am 34 years old now and like most British lads I spent my 20s messing around, not worrying about my health at all.
‘I smoked 30 fags a day until I was 25. When I gave up smoking, I used running as a way to give up and then I messed about with running over the next five years. Then when I reached 30, I realised I should do more with it.
‘Recently I was thinking that 40 was not that far away. It was not a mid-life crisis but more of a realisation that if you want to get things done then you have to commit to it.’
Since then he has been training hard, running every day and he has been using interesting bits of kit to get accustomed to carrying the weight and the gruelling climate.
Tim said: ‘It should be interesting.’
However Tim is no stranger to fundraising, having previously raised money for Naomi House, nor to tough races.
His first big race was a trail marathon in March 2015 in Exmoor.
This was followed by a 50-mile race in September 2015.
Then in November he completed the Druid’s Challenge – a three-day race, covering 84 miles in total.
But even the toughest footrace on earth is not going to set Tim back and he’s already looking ahead.
He has vowed to do one challenge a month for six months after this Marathon des Sables.
To make a donation go to justgiving.com/tim-runs or text ‘MULC81 £Donation Amount’ to is 70070.
To follow his progress go to timruns.me/about/