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Chair of The Leasing Foundation enters ‘the toughest footrace on earth’ to raise money for charity

Nathan Mollett, chair of the Leasing Foundation, is competing in the 2024 Marathon des Sables, described as ‘the toughest footrace on Earth, to raise money for two deserving charities.

The gruelling multi-stage ultramarathon, being held in April next year, sees competitors race for 250km over six days through southern Morocco’s Sahara Desert. Runners endure temperatures of 40 to 50 degrees celsius and must carry everything they need to complete the race, on their backs including clothes, food and a sleeping bag. A venom pump is also a ‘must have’ on the official race kit list.

Nathan is running to raise money for the South East Cancer Help Centre and Wings for Life, a charity which funds research into cures for spinal cord injuries. Nathan has covered the full costs of entry to the event and travel expenses himself so every penny raised will be split equally between the two charities.

Although Nathan has competed in several marathons and full distance Ironman events, he admits that the Marathon des Sables is taking his endurance running to a whole new level.

Nathan Mollett, Leasing Foundation chair and head of asset finance at United Trust Bank, said: “I’ve never run a 250k race before, let alone in these conditions, so this is going to be a real stretch for me. If anyone likes to see people well outside of their comfort zone and in discomfort as a trade-off for a decent sponsorship, this definitely qualifies!

“Wings for Life and South East Cancer Help Centre are fantastic charities and all the donations will help to improve the lives of those affected by spinal cord injuries, and provide support to cancer patients in the South East. Please donate generously so that I only have to do this once!”

To sponsor Nathan please go to his fundraising page HERE