LATCH Trustee, James Rudolf, will be taking part in the gruelling Marathon des Sables which has been described as ‘the toughest foot race on earth’.
Marathon des Sables is a truly gruelling multi-stage adventure through one of the world’s most inhospitable environments – the Sahara desert. Participants must be self-sufficient and carry all their own food and equipment on their back.
In just six days, James is set to run over 250km (156 miles) through endless dunes, over rocky hill ranges, and across white-hot salt plains. The sun will be a constant enemy with temperatures regularly reaching 50 centigrade.
James’ fundraising hit the national press back in 2015 when he ran the London Marathon before carrying on running home to Cardiff to raise vital funds for LATCH. He famously completed the 26-mile London race in four hours and 19 minutes before completing the astonishing 150-mile distance from capital to capital over a five-day period.
James has so far raised more than £76,000 for LATCH after his son Oscar was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2014. Oscar had just reached his fifth birthday when doctors discovered a cancerous tumour in his pelvis described as ‘the size of a tin of baked beans’. The family were uplifted throughout the entire journey thanks to LATCH’s services such as our home from home facilities, social work service and ward-based support workers.
James commented: “Oscar continues to do well; the regular MRIs, X-rays and consultant visits have become less frequent, but LATCH remain busy supporting other families that have been affected by a devastating cancer diagnosis.”
He continued: “I know that we all have charities that are close to our hearts, but any contribution you are able to make in support of my latest fundraising endeavour would be hugely appreciated. It truly makes a real difference to families that, like ours, had to learn to adapt to and survive through a diagnosis of childhood cancer and will help motivate me through what I don’t doubt will be an extremely challenging week!
To gain an insight into the family’s experience with childhood cancer, you can read a blog which was written by James’ wife, Sarah, at the time here: https://oisforoscar.wordpress.com/
To follow his progress and to make a donation, however small, visit James’ fundraising page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/James-Rudolf2