NG and HUUB in the Running to Support ‘Ultra-Marathon’ Teacher
28th January 2019
As commercial property specialists, we’re throwing our weight behind a local teacher who is set to compete in one of the toughest events in the world – all with the help of Derby based HUUB – one of the world’s leading companies in the performance clothing sector. HUUB has four decades worth of experience gained in the field of endurance sports focusing wholly on the athlete .
NG is sponsoring Guy Hope, an Assistant Head teacher at Trent College in Long Eaton, to compete in the infamous Marathon des Sables – a multi-day ‘ultra-marathon’ or ‘ultra’ run in six stages over a course of between 150 and 156 (254km) miles set in the Sahara desert – all in sweltering 120 degrees temperatures.
Guy has teamed up with NG and Derby-based HUUB, a company with four decades of experience in endurance events and whose aim to create clothing that focuses on the athlete to maximise performance and comfort. He is competing in the endurance event in aid of the Hope for Children charity which helps hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children across the world to experience a happy childhood. Guy hopes to raise in excess of £8000 for the charity.
Guy, a former professional rugby player, says:
“I first heard about the Marathon des Sables reading through a Sunday newspaper some 20 years ago and the seed was sewn. I was sat at home with a glass of wine, and I just thought: the time is right to commit and take on this challenge. I’m under no illusions that the whole event will be brutal, but thanks to the help of individuals and companies like NG Chartered Surveyors I’ll be able to raise vital funds for Hope for Children to carry on their vital work.
The Marathon des Sables includes six marathons over seven days. The actual routes and formats change every year. The Race Director and his team spend a month meticulously planning routes that are held secret until the day before the event starts. There is a rest day after the longest stage, which is a double marathon, but it may well take you into that day before you get to the finish. Competitors carry all their own food and equipment with water rations distributed daily. Evening accommodation is comprised of ‘bivouac’ tents that sleep about eight competitors per tent.
Richard Sutton, Director at NG, said:
“While I think Guy is quite mad to even contemplate running those distances in that heat, he’ll become an absolute hero to his entire school and community. We’re honoured to be supporting him and wish him all the best in the Sahara desert.”
Guy is teaming up with Derby sportswear company HUUB who are supplying him with all the kit he’ll need to complete the gruelling week in the desert.
“Richard put me in touch with the HUUB team and I’m very grateful he did. We share a common ethos and goal and there’s no doubt the company is at the cutting edge of sports clothing. I’d like to thank them for all their help so far.”
Guy is warming up for the Marathon des Sables with a 5k and 10k fundraising event at Bramcote Park on the morning of Sunday 13th February. You can show your support and find out more here.
Donations can also be made through Guy’ss giving page, which can be found here.