Firefighter Mick in desert mission

Firefighter Mick Wyldbore-Wood is taking on a Sahara desert race
Firefighter Mick Wyldbore-Wood is taking on a Sahara desert race
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A firefighter will be tackling a different kind of heat – when he strides out on the ‘toughest footrace on earth’ for his 40th birthday.

Mick Wyldbore-Wood, of Chesterfield, is to complete the Marathon des Sables seven-day trek across the Sahara Desert next week.

He will have to carry all his equipment apart from water in the gruelling 155-mile mission.

Mike, who works at Alfreton station in Derbyshire as a crew manager, said: “I turn 40 on Tuesday which was part of the reason I wanted to do something challenging, I know people normally have a party but I am all partied out.

“I’m hoping that my job will help me cope with the heat side of it a bit better, but we won’t know until we get out there!”

Dad-of-five Mick is taking part to boost the coffers of Challenge Cancer Through Adventure.

The cause helps cancer patients realise their adventurous dreams, such as hot air balloon flights, and was set up by his friend Don Mabbs, who died of cancer seven years ago.

Mick has already collected almost £600 for the cause and hopes to top £750.

n Visit http://www.justgiving.com/woodysdesertadventure to sponsor him on the challenge.