Byline: By Stephen Hallmark
BIOLOGY teacher Anne Wade and her husband Vaughan are to run 150 miles across the world's biggest desert.
The intrepid duo are flying out to Africa before embarking on an energy-sapping escapade in the Sahara which will see them complete a marathon every day for six days - while carrying a rucksack weighing IV2 stone on their backs.
They will be taking part in what's believed to be the world's toughest endurance race, the Marathon des Sables, and are doing it in aid of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
Anne, a science teacher at King Henry VIII School in Coventry, has been in training for months for the mammoth task ahead.
The 45-year-old mother of two, of Earlsdon, Coventry, said: "I love running marathons, chiefly because I want to make the most of it before I'm old and decrepit.
"I run off-road most weekends. It's an escape from the stresses of life and a chance to take in the scenery.
"But we've had no way to prepare for the temperatures we will have to endure."
She added: "I can't wait, I'm so excited. …