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Sudbury: Desert trekker raises funds for cancer charity

10:00 03 January 2014

Mark Wright, from Sudbury, during his trek across Jordon

Mark Wright, from Sudbury, during his trek across Jordon

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Freezing night time temperatures, strong winds and camping on perilous mountain side ledges were just some of the challenges encountered by a Sudbury man during a fundraising trek across Jordan.

Spurred on by the success of a personal goal to lose four stones in weight in just a year, 32-year-old Mark Wright decided to embark on another mission to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Mr Wright, from Uplands Road, undertook a four-day trek across the desert in Jordan, starting at the south end of the Dead Sea and ending in Petra.

He overcame a number of obstacles while walking for between six and eight hours a day to cover around 64km of harsh desert terrain. So far, the challenge has yielded £1,500 for the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

He said: “People assume that trekking across the desert would be flat terrain but we went over every mountain possible. We started at the Dead Sea which is 400 metres below sea level and within a day we had gone about 15km up to 1,300m above sea level.

“The worst part for me was walking along really narrow mountain ledges on the edge of sheer drops where we were literally clinging on to rocks. By the time we got to Petra, I really felt I had earned the right to be there.”

Mr Wright, who works as a sales advisor at Winch and Blatch, believes the discomfort he encountered during the trip was worthwhile. He added: “I saw the advert for the ‘Britain Versus Cancer’ trek in a Weightwatchers magazine and thought it would a great way to combine a physical challenge with raising money for a good cause. I chose prostate cancer because men rarely talk about the disease even though it is the biggest killer in terms of men’s cancers.”

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