A Spencer Mathews Event. The Great Desert Challenge. 30 Marathons In 30 Days. Guinness World Record Attempt

Spencer Matthews is taking on the challenge of his lifetime; running 30 marathons in 30 days across the desert in the peak of summer. Starting at the end of July, Spencer is aiming to set a world record while fundraising for Global's Make Some Noise. Listen in on Heart, who will be supporting Spencer's extraordinary challenge, following his journey live on air and encouraging its listeners to back his fundraising efforts. You can follow online using #30in30

About the challenge

This challenge of 30 marathons in 30 days across the desert is going to be tough!

With soaring temperatures exceeding over 40 degrees in places, and scorching sun, Spencer will run the equivalent of 5 x The Marathon Des Sables (known as the toughest footrace on the planet)

Covering 786 miles - it will be similar to running the entire length of the UK, only through desert.

This is an official Guinness World Record attempt for “the most consecutive marathons run on sand”, which makes it even more difficult. There are a number of rules that need to be followed for Spencer to be successful, including:

The whole attempt must be made on sand - either on a beach or sand desert zone

Spencer may choose to run barefoot or with shoes and may alternate throughout the attempt

The entire course must consist of only sand. For instance, a layer of sand over a field of grass would not qualify

All marathon runs must be finished within 6 hours to be eligible.

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Who your money helps

Right now, there are many people across the UK living in crisis. Small charities are working hard in our communities to support those who need it most, but they need your help to make sure nobody is facing life's toughest challenges alone.

Global's Make Some Noise - the official charity of Heart - funds small charities delivering vital life-changing services including food banks, mental health support, domestic violence helplines, community projects and other vital life support programmes.

By supporting Spencer on his 30 in 30 Challenge, you can help small charities changing lives across the UK.

Support Spencer by donating

£30 (£1 for every marathon) could pay for a pre-school child with a physical disability to attend a vital support session with a dedicated specialist worker.

You can also donate £30, £20 or £10 by texting Spencer30, Spencer20 or Spencer10 to 70766.

100% of your donation will go to Global's Make Some Noise. If you're under 16 please ask the bill payer's permission first. Standard network charges may apply. Ts&Cs are HERE