Paul Dawson, Managing Director of Rolawn Limited, Europe's largest turf grower and leading topsoil distributor, based at Elvington near York, is competing in the Gobi Desert (China) ultra-marathon.
Commencing on 17th June, the Gobi March is a self-supported footrace across 150 miles (250 kilometres) of Gobi Desert in China. The race consists of six stages, lasting 7 days, with distances ranging from 10 to 50 miles per stage. Competitors are required to be fully self-supported throughout the event and must carry all their own food, gear and clothing which they need to complete the 150 mile course.
190 competitors from around the world are taking part and can expect a wide variety of terrain including: canyons, salt flats, rivers, mountain ridges, rocky terrain and sand dunes of up to 1000-feet high. The Gobi Desert is known for having the most extreme weather on Earth, very hot days that reach well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and cold nights that drop below freezing.