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Mad Dog set for world’s toughest ultra marathon

Former England captain Lewis Moody in what as been billed as the toughest Ultra Marathon in the world, the Yukon Arctic Ultra.

Supported by Land Rover, Mad Dog will be taking part in the challenge alongside polar adventurer Alan Chambers MBE and Phil Wall, founder of HopeHIV, who the team is raising money for.

Throughout their grueling training Land Rover has assisted the team through the provision of a 13MY Freelander 2. The vehicle has provided essential access and support in getting to remote areas in an attempt to get used to the type of terrains they will experience in the Yukon.

Lewis, Alan and Phil will trek 300 miles across the Yukon where temperatures can drop to -50 degrees. Throughout the 8-day trek, they will need to overcome a number of challenges en route which will include maintaining the correct body temperature, staying hydrated, and also sleep deprivation.

Lewis Moody commented, “The Yukon Arctic Ultra is a great challenge for me and an opportunity to raise some money for a good charity that does some fantastic work. Having visited HOPEHIV projects in Nairobi in July 2008 and working closely with the charity ever since, I feel passionately about the cause of street children in sub-Saharan Africa. Witnessing their daily lives firsthand put all of my challenges into perspective and I’m excited about raising money for them. It’s great to have partners, such as Land Rover, supporting me and the team along the way.”

Jeremy Hicks Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said:  “We are excited to be supporting Lewis, Alan and Phil in their challenge to complete the 300 mile trek across the Yukon in Canada. As a company we celebrate individuals and teams who embrace life’s challenges with capability and composure, and this is a great example of a group of people who are doing just that. We are also extremely pleased that we could assist in their preparations through the use of our vehicles.”

For further information on the trek go to www.mygreatestchallenge.org

Watch the video of ‘Mad Dog’ talking about the Yukon Arctic Ultra below.


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