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Wesleyan boss in marathon task.

The director of banking at Birminghambased Wesleyan Assurance Society is taking part in the gruelling Marathon des Sables, the so-called Toughest Foot Race in the World, after raising pounds 10,000 for charity with the society's help.

Ian Hall, aged 48, will fly out to Morocco on 31 March for the six day, 150 mile run across the Sahara desert. He is running to raise money for the charity Facing Africa, which aims to treat and raise awareness of NOMA disease, a gangrenous infection which kills tens of thousands of children every year and leaves survivors with severe facial disfigurement.

The Marathon des Sables requires entrants to run the equivalent of almost six marathons over six days in temperatures up to 48C, all while carrying a rucksack containing, medical supplies, a sleeping bag and food for the duration of the event Ian said: "Having completed many marathons in the UK previously, the Marathon des Sables seemed the ideal way to challenge myself in an extreme competition while raising money for charity.

"I'm feeling confident about completing the event, and with my previous running experience the distance and even the weight of carrying the rucksack isn't too daunting.

"The unknown factor is the temperature, which will be much hotter than I'm used to running in."

Ian reached his pounds 10,000 fundraising target with the help of a pounds 5,000 donation from Wesleyan Assurance Society.

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