Exmouth woman marks 40th birthday with charity challenge

AN Exmouth runner is preparing to mark her 40th birthday by taking on a gruelling challenge of a desert marathon.

AN Exmouth runner is preparing to mark her 40th birthday by taking on a gruelling challenge of a desert marathon.

Amanda Seymour, of Bicton Street, is gearing up for a challenge-of-a-lifetime, running in extreme heat in the Sahara Desert.

Card designer Amanda is hoping in February to raise much-needed funds for the Saharawi refugees.

While she is in the desert she will also experience the plight of the Saharawi people living in the Algerian refugee camps, as all marathon competitors live with the community - the last colony in Africa - during the event.


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Amanda, who has never run a marathon before, said: "I turn 40 two days before I fly out. I want to mark it with something significant, challenging and worthwhile.

"I know I am going to be facing a big challenge.

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"What I really want to achieve is for as many people as possible to learn about the situation in the Western Sahara.

"While we are there we will live with the refugee families, so not only will we run for them, we will also raise awareness of their struggles."

The aim of the Sahara marathon is to show international solidarity with the Saharawi people.

To prepare for the gruelling 26-mile run in 30-degree heat, Amanda has been pounding along the sand on Exmouth beach.

She hopes to raise �1,000 for her efforts - which will be used by UK charity Sandblast to reach its goal of �50,000 to support artists in the refugee camps.

To sponsor Amanda go to www.justgiving.com/AmandaSeymour

Learn more about the charity at www.sandblast-arts.org

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