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Solider to take on grueling 100km running race through Amazon jungle
A soldier is embarking on a gruelling 100km race through the Amazon jungle in aid of a charity which supports current and former servicemen.
Michael Ford will travel to Brazil next Wednesday to tackle the event to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund.
The 24-year-old currently serves in the Royal Engineers, and has toured with the army to Afghanistan, Jordan and Kenya in his six years of service.
Michael is no stranger to marathons in far-flung destinations, as he completed a marathon in Nairobi in 2011 while serving there.
And now he wants to challenge himself even more in this “ultra” marathon.
He had initially planned to complete the trek last year, but was deployed to Afghanistan He said: “The marathon is not on asphalt roads, but through the jungle in swamps in more arduous terrain. I am trying not to think about spiders at the moment, as I am petrified of them.
“I am nervous about it but really excited at the same time. There is no real specific training you can do for it. I have been doing some training and I have to be fit anyway with my job.”
After arriving in Brazil, he will board an overnight boat to the jungle base camp, and spend two weeks in the country.
Michael is set to leave the army at the end of the year, and says he plans to serve in the Territorial Army part-time and find a new career. He said: “I have loved it. It has its good and bad points, but overall I have loved it and I would recommend it to anyone. “ He is also hosting a race night to raise funds for the charity, which will take place on October 18 at St Joseph’s Social Club in Walmersley Road, with tickets costing £5 and including a raffle ticket and a drink on entry.
Donations can be made by visiting justgiving.com/Michael-Ford1 or by texting JUNG50 then £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 depending on the desired amount to 70070.
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