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Spencer Matthews gets his running shoes on for Global’s Make Some Noise


Spencer Matthews gets his running shoes on for Global’s Make Some Noise

But it’s not your usual marathon…

Broadcaster and entrepreneur Spencer Matthews is undertaking the challenge of a lifetime this summer as he attempts to run 30 marathons in 30 days through the Jordanian desert to raise money for Global’s Make Some Noise. If successful, the feat will earn him the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive marathons run on sand.

“I love to push myself and I have always been fascinated by others who push physical boundaries. I would love for as many people as possible to get involved, help raise money for the vital community projects Global’s Make Some Noise funds and follow along on the journey.” – Spencer Matthews

The challenge will see Spencer run in soaring temperatures of up to 45 degrees, beginning in the undulating Wadi Rum on the edge of the Arabian desert and finishing near the Dead Sea.

Launching his mission on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden, yesterday, the money raised will support charities across the UK as part of Global’s Make Some Noise, the official charity of Global, the Media & Entertainment group.

In order to safely prepare for the challenge, which will take place from 29th July to 27th August, Spencer is undertaking a gruelling training regime, running more than 1,800km in preparation and acclimatising his body using sweat testing, and training for up to 15 consecutive days in a lab-controlled heat chamber set to 40C and 40% humidity, in an effort to mimic the conditions of the Jordanian desert.

“I’ve previously completed the Marathon de Sables (the world’s toughest foot race) and The Jungle Ultra, but this challenge is five times the length of each of these. Running on sand is a different beast all together. If my feet leave the sand at any point, that marathon will be void and I will have to start again.”Spencer Matthews

The money raised during the challenge will help the charity funding to change lives across the UK, by supporting small charities to deliver vital services within their communities – tackling issues such as mental health, poverty and homelessness. Global’s Make Some Noise provides much-needed funding to many charities who are facing growing waiting lists and unprecedented demand for their services, whilst facing increased costs and a downturn in donations.

“I’m looking to use the challenge to make as big a difference as possible for charity. Global’s Make Some Noise is incredible and makes a massive difference to the lives of so many people by supporting causes across the UK, some of which I have had the pleasure of meeting, so I am honoured to be getting behind the phenomenal work that they do. Having their work and your support front of mind will keep me going.”  – Spencer Matthews

To qualify for the Guinness World Record, Spencer will need to run the full distance – 1,266km – on sand. He will not be able to cross roads, grass, rivers or other terrain during the 30 marathons, making the challenge a logistical, as well as physical and mental feat. A dedicated adjudicator will be present during every marathon and will monitor Spencer’s progress in order for it to register as a successful Guinness World Record.

After announcing The Great Desert Challenge live on Heart Breakfast with Jamie and Amanda today Heart will be following Spencer’s journey throughout the challenge, providing listeners with regular on-air updates.

Donating £30 – £1 for every marathon – could mean a vital support session for a pre-school child with a physical disability from a dedicated specialist worker To donate £30, text SPENCER30 to 70766. 100% of your donation will go to Global’s Make Some Noise. 16 and over only. Please seek bill payer’s permission. Standard network charges may apply. Ts&Cs are at

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