Gruelling race brings £130k in for charity

Nigel Doggett PNL-160426-102940001

Nigel Doggett PNL-160426-102940001

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A Bedford businessman has raised a staggering £130,000 for charity by running six marathons in six days across the Sahara Desert.

Nigel Doggett, an executive with Autoglass, completed the Marathon des Sables, covering 251km in temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius, to support disability charity Hft.

Dubbed the world’s toughest footrace, Nigel said it was tough, but “truly unforgettable”.

He said: “Carrying both myself and my survival supplies through the desert in the blazing sun then under the stars is an experience that will forever be etched in my memory.”

“I’m incredibly pleased to have even finished such a feat, so placing 255th out of over 1,000 runners was far ahead of my expectations.”

He added: “I’m also honoured to have exceeded my fundraising target of £100,000 by raising £130,000 for Hft, to help fund the amazing work that they do.”

Hft supports people with learning disabilities to live independent and fulfilled lives with the help of technology.