Godmanchester fundraisers pass the desert challenge

Sahara walkers (from left) the guide Abraham, Billy Risley, Paul Dyer, Charlie Risley and Philip Mal

Sahara walkers (from left) the guide Abraham, Billy Risley, Paul Dyer, Charlie Risley and Philip Malley. - Credit: Archant

Four intrepid fundraisers have raised more than £4,000 for charity after completing a 100km trek across the Sahara Desert.

Paul Dyer, the landlord of The Exhibition pub in Godmanchester, and Phillip Malley, a partner at Gatehouse Estates, also in Godmanchester, and Mr Dyer’s nephews Charlie and Billy Risley completed the challenge, their third in three years, in just four days.

The four men flew to Marrakech on January 9 and after a 10-hour car journey over the Atlas Mountains, they reached the desert.

They started walking across the Sahara dunes on January 11, arriving back in Marrakech on January 15.

No strangers to fundraising extremes, the dynamic duo completed a trip to Everest base camp in 2013 and last year organised a 1,668-mile drive in an old Peugeot 406, from Godmanchester to Estonia’s capital, Tallinn.

Mr Malley told The Hunts Post that although the group had trained and prepared for the trip they were presented with some challenges.

“In terms of difficulty, the Everest trip was harder, but that was due to the problems of altitude, this was physically harder because of the relentless effort of walking through sand. It seems to take twice as much effort.

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“We had an amazing time, the sunsets and night skies were a real high point, but the real achievement is the amount of money we raised and at a time of year when people are not necessarily well off. The local support we have had is phenomenal.”

Asked if there were any low points, Mr Malley said his feet were still aching and not being able to have a shower or use the toilet for four days was difficult. INFORMATION: The pair are keen to organise another trip and are open to ideas. If you have suggestions, contact Mr Malley on 01480 434290. To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/sahara2015.