A BRAVE Bromsgrove dad has been taking on the world’s toughest marathon by running across Morocco’s Sahara Desert in aid of the NSPCC.
George Browning is competing in The Marathon Des Sables, a 156-mile race which he is running in scorching 50 degree heat until Friday.
George, a science teacher at King Edward’s School, Edgbaston, said: “Many of my pupils have researched what the race entails and think I am a bit odd for doing it but, I hope they will understand why some people seek challenges of this nature and some in other ways.
“I’m a teacher so I really want young people to be confident and show them not to fear failure.”
George has set a fundraising target of £5,000 and has so far raised £3,138.
The funds will help the NSPCC tackle child abuse across the West Midlands and the UK with its service centres, which offer therapeutic support to children, its childline helpline and ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ schools service.
George decided to become a marathon runner after a knee injury stopped him playing rugby. He has previously taken part in a 100k night race and the Welsh 3000s Mountain Challenge across the peaks of Snowdonia.
“The NSPCC is a charity which seeks to help young people who are in vulnerable situations.
“I work with young people everyday and I see the effect of what good relationships between staff and pupils, parents and pupils and between pupils themselves can do.
“I hope everyone can feel supported and the NSPCC is a charity with that at its heart,” he added.
To help George raise money for the charity visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/georgebrowning1 to make a donation.