Running the desert for Scope

The Marathon Des Sables is the toughest footrace on earth, but our CEO Stuart Wilson is taking on the Sahara desert for Scope and the Salisbury Hospice

Every day, parents of disabled children are faced with limitations and barriers rather than opportunities. However, Scope have been trying to change this to make their lives better since 1951. Next month, RP International CEO and co-founder Stuart Wilson will run over 156 miles through a gruelling landscape in 50 degrees heat to raise funds for this important organisation, and in memory of his father in law.

After eight months of training, Stuart is more than ready for the multi-stage race, but says that his short-lived hardship is nothing compared to the strength needed by families coping with disability every day.

“The steroid injection in the knee seems to be working OK, but I am feeling like Steve Redgrave when he told people to shoot him if they ever saw him a boat again,” says Stuart. “I’d like to thank all those who have supported me to date and encourage anyone else to donate to a really worthwhile cause. Working for Scope on their Starting Line Programme over the last few months has given me and the RPI team a great insight into the challenges disabled people face on a day-to-day basis and inspired us even more to maximise our fundraising.”

The Sahara desert is one of the world’s most inhospitable environments, but with 4.30am bike sprints, 6am core workouts, volcano climbing, 110km cross-country runs in the snow and ice and a sore knee, Stuart is mentally and physically ready for the challenge. Particularly since discovering that he’s been training with double the recommended weight in his backpack!

Under the pressure of heat, sand clouds and running through the night, Stuart will be pushed to the limits. But Stuart is fighting for every child to have the best possible start in life and is supporting Scope in their quest to achieve a society where all disabled people enjoy equality and fairness.

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