150 mile Sahara run for Chesterfield’s Victoria

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A Chesterfield woman is set to go the extra 150 miles for charity when she takes on a gruelling marathon challenge in the Sahara Desert.

Victoria Crampton, 24, will compete in the Marathon de Sables - dubbed the toughest footrace on earth – running 150 miles over six days in extreme temperatures of up to 50 degrees centigrade.

She will be running alongside 850 other competitors from across the world, with just 14 per cent of those competitors being women.

Victoria, a former rower and Harlequins rugby player, is training five hours a day for the challenge, which she is competing in in aid of Chesterfield-based charity, Kids ‘n’ Cancer.

Victoria, who lives in Old Brampton, said: “My former rugby coach took part in the event last year and encouraged me to sign up. He basically said ‘if anyone else is mad enough to do it then you are!’

“I know it is going to be mentally as well as physically challenging and will be the hardest thing I will probably ever do. The heat, exhaustion and pain will be overwhelming! But I hope that thinking about the reason I am doing it will spur me on and keep me going.”

Event rules require competitors to be self-sufficient, which means, as well as contending with the heat, Victoria will also have to carry everything except water she needs to survive. She will be given a place in a tent to sleep at night, but any other equipment and food must be carried.

She has never run a marathon before so as part of her preparation she will run in Kids ‘n’ Cancer Chesterfield Marathon on September 14.

Victoria, who previously ran a personal training business but now owns her own marketing company, added: “Kids ‘n’ Cancer does amazing work to help children to receive life-saving treatment and support their families whilst they are going through it, so anything I can contribute to this will be brilliant.

“In the run up to the event, I hope to spend time meeting some of the families who have benefitted from the work the charity supports. I’ll then use this as my inspiration for carrying on when I think I can’t run another step!”

Victoria is hoping to raise £10,000 for Kids ‘n’ Cancer and is rallying family, friends and her clients to help her achieve her target. She will also be holding a fundraising dinner at The Fox and Goose Inn on Pudding Pie Hill at Wigley, Chesterfield, on October 4 to help towards her target.

To buy tickets for Victoria’s fundraising dinner at the Fox and Goose Inn, call 01246 566335 or 07807988316.