The heatwave could not have started at a worse time for Bury St Edmunds paramedic Mark Ransom – on the weekend he was running 100 miles for charity.
Mark, 46, did the Samphire 100 ‘ultramarathon’ last weekend to raise money for a vehicle for the new Ambulance Wishes charity, which helps terminally ill people realise a last wish.
It was a 100 mile event involving 27 laps of the Samphire Hoe nature reserve at the base of Dover’s white cliffs, which he managed to compete in 28 hours and 42 minutes . But he battled extreme heat, terrible blisters and chaffed nipples and buttocks.
Mark said: “The course offered absolutely no shade so we were in full sun the whole time. We had the White Cliffs on one side and the English Channel on the other, both reflecting the heat and making conditions like a furnace.”
To boost the £640 he raised, visit his Just Giving page