The RAF Association’s committed fundraisers never cease to amaze those they meet with their continued dedication and hardwork. Doug Richards, whose son Chris is in the RAF Regiment, has done incredible work so far for the RAF Association but is planning something even bigger with a fundraising target of £500 as he attempts to conquer Greenland.
October this year will see Doug, aged 65 from Redditch take on a half marathon challenge in Greenland, including several kilometres of running on the Polar ice-cap itself. The Polar Circle half marathon, "the coolest marathon on earth", is partly run on the slippery polar cap itslef with the remainder on snow-covered gravel tracks.
“Coping with the freezing temperatures is every bit as difficult as dealing with the heat of the desert,” Doug said. “Running on the ice cap will be a new challenge as I will have to wear crampon-like attachments on my trainers for grip.”
Prior to the challenge, Doug has been running over 100 miles a month for the past 3 months and is well on target to beat that this month, so he shouldn’t have any excuses regarding lack of training! Earlier in September he completed the Wolverhampton half marathon and on the 29th September he will be running the same distance in Nottingham.
Doug has previously completed races in the Moroccan Sahara, China, Sri Lanka and Jordan, but also has experience of running in extreme cold having completed a half marathon in Siberia.
Last year Doug took on the Big Five half marathon to raise funds for the RAF Association through a South African game reserve, read about his mammoth experience here.
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