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Son and father take on challenge for a special family cause

Marathon Des Sables aka 'The Marathon of Sands' - six-day, 251 km ultra-marathon in the Sahara Desert

HectorHector and Paul Skipworth from Edinburgh are preparing to embark on an extreme ultramarathon adventure to raise funds for Overcoming MS, a charity that is close to the heart of mother and wife Harriet, who lives with MS.

Hector Skipworth, aged 16 now, will be just 17 when he takes part in the trip (from the 5-15th April 2019).

He is one of the youngest ever competitors taking part in the Marathon Des Sables (MdS) a 250km race which takes place over six days in the Sahara desert.

Currently studying at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, Hector has a keen passion for sports.

“The race is in April when the temperature will often exceed 50 degrees. I have been training in Morocco and also the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh” said Hector.

"It is something I have always wanted to do from a young age"

Hector is being joined by his dad Paul. Paul has undertaken previous ultra challenges to raise funds for OMS but this is the first time he has been joined by his son.

Hector’s mother, Harriet, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in early 2013. Soon afterwards she was pleased and relieved to come across Overcoming MS which had a significant, positive impact on her health.

Hector said, “OMS really helped my mum by offering advice regarding her diet, fitness and attitude towards living with MS – so much so, that a lot of the time I now forget she has MS at all.”

To find out more or sponsor Hector in his challenge, you can visit his fundraising page.

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