Making his mother proud as Sonny prepares to run

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SONNY Winston’s beloved late mother will be looking down on him with pride as he takes on the challenge of a lifetime in her memory.

Mr Winston, of Arnold Street, Rugby, is one of only a thousand people across the world who will be taking part in the 2011 Marathon Des Sables next month.

He will be running 151 miles across the Sahara Desert in just six days and is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research in memory of his mum, Diane, who died in July 2009.

And in case participants find the distance insufficiently daunting, there’s a twist - they must keep ahead of a camel at all times, with the creature at the back of the pack.

Mr Winston, 33, has been fundraising for cancer charities for many years. He said: “During Mum’s fight with cancer, she was on a number of drugs that would have at some point been directly contributed towards by Cancer Research, and I would like to show my appreciation of the extra few years we were able to share with Mum.”

During the endurance event, Mr Winston will have to carry all his food and most of his equipment. On day four he and the other participants will have 48 hours to cover 55 miles non stop.

Mr Winston, who is funding the trip himself, so every penny he raises will go to Cancer Research, said: “I’ve always wanted to see the Sahara Desert, so it’s a great way of doing it.

“I’m confident I will finish it. Mum would be really proud.”

To sponsor Mr Winston visit his fundraising website at