London Air Ambulance pilot and doctor to run 8 marathons in 6 days

London Air Ambulance pilot and doctor to run 8 marathons in 6 days

25-Jul-2011 Source: London's Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance pilot, Captain Neil Jeffers, and doctor, Dr. Tom Konig, are soon to complete the ultimate endurance test, seeing them run 8 marathons in 6 days through the deserts of Jordan, in a bid to raise money for the charity.

On 3rd September 2011 the London’s Air Ambulance duo will be running 200 miles (360 km) through Wadi Rum, a protected area covering 720 square kilometres of dramatic desert wilderness in the south of Jordan, and will finish at Petra. Not only are 8 consecutive marathons a feat in itself, the average heat in the Wadi Rum desert is 32°C. Stamina will be tested and emotions will run high but the duo are hoping to raise over £10,000 for their efforts and are enlisting the support of Londoners.

The pair, who have been training at every opportunity, have military backgrounds, which being fit and able to cover long distances on foot is a vital part of.  Tom has also run the Virgin London Marathon twice before.

Tom and Neil have been training separately, however on the 16th August they intend to run the equivalent of a marathon at London’s South Bank.

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Commenting on Jordan Ultra, Captain Jeffers said: “I work at the forefront of the service but it always shocks me how little people know about us and the fact that we are a charity.  I know first hand what a vital service this is to London and the chance to raise money in support of LAA is fantastic. Tom and I consider ourselves relatively fit but this challenge is a massive one.”

Dr Tom Konig added: “This venture provides a perfect opportunity to raise money and the profile of this service which is a vital part of trauma care in the Capital. LAA is a world leader in trauma care and is an example of the very best team at work. We hope to continue that effort in the austere environment of the Jordanian desert.”

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