James Legg Royal Marines Commando 250km Desert Charity Race Chile 19062021 CREDIT JAMES LEGG.jpg
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Royal Marines Commando Taking On 250km Chilean Desert Trek For Charity

James Legg is taking on the challenge in Chile's Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth, to raise money for The Royal Marines Charity.

James Legg Royal Marines Commando 250km Desert Charity Race Chile 19062021 CREDIT JAMES LEGG.jpg

A Royal Marines Commando is to take on one of the world's toughest endurance footraces, the Atacama Crossing, to raise money for The Royal Marines Charity (RMA).

The Atacama Crossing is a gruelling seven-day trek over 155 miles (250km) in Chile's unforgiving Atacama Desert.

On 26 September, Royal Marines Commando James Legg will compete in the race across the Chilean desert, self-supported, carrying his own supplies of food, water and clothing through a unique landscape of salt lakes, volcanoes, lava flows and dunes.

Chile's Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth, with a landscape that has been compared to Mars.

With a punishing climate and altitudes that average 8,000ft (2,500m), the Atacama Crossing is revered and respected by even the most experienced runners.

All the money James Legg raises on his GoFundMe page is going to The Royal Marines Charity, which provides support, advice and friendship to serving and retired Royal Marines and their families.

Cover image: Royal Marines Commando James Legg will take part in the Atacama Crossing (Picture: James Legg).