Farmer hopes to raise £45,000 in gruelling Sahara challenge

The egg farmer has been preparing for four months
The egg farmer has been preparing for four months

A farmer is preparing himself to take part in the gruelling 84km Saharan Challenge for charity, having already raised over £21,000.

Daniel Fairburn, a farmer for egg producers L J Fairburn and Son, has today (11 October) flown to Morocco to begin the challenge.

The challenge consists of two heart-pumping marathons in two days across the scorching Draa Valley and Sahara Desert.

With over £21,000 already raised for Farm Africa, he’s well on his way to beating the £35,000 he raised for the charity when he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2014.

Determined not to crack under pressure, he’s been training for four months in preparation which will see him take on the 84km course.

Running through palm groves, ancient villages and over the iconic sand dunes of the Sahara, he’ll be experiencing temperatures ranging from 3c at night to 30c during the day and sleeping under the stars along the way.

Mr Fairburn said Farm Africa is a "fantastic cause" which helps African farmers in need.

"The mental preparation has been as important as the physical side and I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t have butterflies, but this is a huge opportunity to raise money for an amazing charity and I can’t wait to take part," he said.

Corporate sponsorships so far include Vencomatic Group, Conexpak, Sheard Packaging, Sodesa and Hendrix Genetics.

As the UK’s largest independent egg producer, Alford-based L J Fairburn and Son supplies over 17m eggs a week across the UK.