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Marathon effort instore for charity chasing pair

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 09, 2014

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A BARTON under Needwood man is getting set to take part in six marathons in six days to try to raise £25,000 for charity.

Ross Jackson and his friend Paul Smith, both 35, are hoping to raise the money for Prostate Cancer UK by running the Atacama Crossing, made up of six marathons in six days, self-supported, across the Atacama Desert in Chile in October.

The pair were inspired to take up the adventure for Prostate Cancer UK after the disease claimed the life of Ross’s father last year.

They said: “We’ve always wanted to take part in the Atacama Crossing and after Ross’s father, Gordon, passed away last year we wanted to take the opportunity to support Prostate Cancer UK.

“We are really looking forward to the challenge – six marathons in six days, carrying all our own kit, across the world’s driest and highest desert.

“It’s going to be incredibly tough but we’re aiming to finish in the top 10.

“We are delighted to be raising awareness and much-needed money to help the fight against prostate cancer.

“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, affecting one in eight of us. Your support for this vitally important charity would mean the world to us.”

Mark Bishop, director of fund-raising at Prostate Cancer UK, spoke to the Mail about the runners.

He said: “We’re thrilled that Paul and Ross have decided to take on this challenge to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

“It is with support like this that we can help provide dedicated support and information to men and their families affected by prostate cancer and fund research to help fight the disease.

“With more than 40,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK, and one man dying every hour, it is our aim to help more men survive the disease and enjoy a much better quality of life.

“We wish Paul and Ross every success with their challenge.”

To sponsor Paul and Ross people are urged to text PSRJ99 and an amount to 70070, or visit www.justgiving.com/PaulandRossAtacama

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