Kettle Produce manager limbers up for charity Sahara desert run

Harvesting Manager David Cowan is set to boost the coffers of CHAS 

A manager at Fife-based Kettle Produce is set to face the searing Saharan heat this spring when he embarks on a 156-mile ultra-marathon race across the desert.
Harvesting Manager David Cowan has signed up for the 2017 seven-day Marathon Des Sables to raise money for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). 

Cowan, who is a keen distance runner, will embark on his super run on 9 April after following an extensive training regime since December 2015.  He has previously completed the Jungle Marathon through the Amazon. 
He said: “While I am used to the high temperatures found in the Kettle field office during sunny summer days, I expect the Sahara will be just a little more intense – temperatures can reach up to 48oC at midday, even in April.
“Conditions in the Amazon Jungle were very hot and very humid, but I expect the dry heat of the Sahara to pose a very different challenge, particularly with hydration and fatigue.
“In order to build my stamina and endurance for the event I have completed a variety of ultra-runs, hill races and speed runs, as well as taking part in local events such as the Glencoe and Glentress Marathons and the Glen Ogle 50km.
“My longest expedition so far was the 100km Falco Trail, which I completed in 16 hours and 33 minutes, and was placed 31st out of 170 entrants.”
With only a few weeks left before departing Scotland for the Sahara event, David is finalising his kit, squeezing in some final training, and pushing forward with his fundraising efforts.
He added: “I’m delighted that I have already exceeded my original fundraising target of £900 before I have even completed the event, but I now hope everyone will continue to donate as CHAS is such a deserving charity which does fantastic work caring for children with life-shortening conditions.
“By putting myself through this mad, gruelling challenge, I hope to make even a small difference to some less-fortunate lives and help the charity in its important efforts.”
Kettle Produce Financial Director Liz Waugh added: “Having a dedicated and motivated staff member such as David is a real inspiration to us all and we are proud to support his endeavours.
“When we heard of his latest epic, we were very keen to make sure David’s fundraising efforts went straight to benefiting CHAS – and so Kettle pledged to cover the event entry fees on David’s behalf.
“We wish him all the best with traversing the Sahara and look forward to hearing all of his stories when he returns to our milder Scottish fields.”
To follow Cowan’s progress or donate to his efforts, click here 
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