Stags' supporter Chris Vasper will attempt to run 150 miles across the Southern Moroccan Sahara next week in aid of the charity 'Walking With the Wounded'.
Training for the event in the past few months, Chris been running between 70 and 80 miles a week, although nothing could possibly prepare him for the intense nature of next week's marathons, the first of which begins on Sunday.
The Mansfield-based ex-soldier will be part of a group of twenty taking on the challenge over six days.
Throughout the journey, Chris must carry all of his food and provisions in a rucksack – meaning he’ll be carrying an extra 10 kilograms at the start.
Walking with the Wounded was established in 2010 with the aim of raising funds for wounded servicemen and women to re-train them in different industries.
The charity is close to Chris’s heart, as he explains: “[Raising money for the] Walking with the Wounded was a 'no brainer' for me being ex-Army and I also have a son in the Army.
"All the runners representing WWTW in this years MdS will be raising funds for the Head Start and Home Straight programmes, which seek to assist ex service personnel who suffer from mental injury and those who are homeless get back on their feet.
"It’s a fantastic charity, supporting extraordinary individuals who have given so much and been through much."
Chris, who has already raised over £5,000 was greeted at One Call Stadium today by Stags' boss Adam Murray who wished him every success ahead of this Sunday's colossal challenge.
Mansfield Town would like to wish Chris well with his incredible endeavours, and we hope the charity benefits enormously from his work.