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Journey to the End of the world, Mike Buss Starts the 6633 Arctic Ultra

Mike on manditory survival training

Swindon's Ultra-Endurance Fundraiser, Mike Buss, Launches His Bid To Run Two Of World's Toughest Footraces 'Back to Back'.

Mike Buss begins a challenge that will see him run over 270 miles in the world's toughest footraces.

(18th March 2011) This morning in the Yukon, Canada, local Swindon hero Mike Buss will be facing the 6633 Extreme Winter Marathon. A non-stop self-sufficient foot race, the 6633 is billed as one of the most testing endurance footraces in the world.

What's more, he will complete the gruelling 120 mile course and after travelling back home and just 5 days of proper recovery, he will fly to Morocco to begin the 151 mile 6-day legendary Marathon des Sables.

Mike believes this will be the first time anyone has attempted two of the world's toughest footraces 'back-to-back'.

During this time he will experience temperatures as low as -40 degrees centigrade in the Arctic, and over 40 degrees centigrade in the Sahara desert.

Mike has trained for the last 6 months by running on the spot in the sauna in his local fitness centre and taking regular ice baths - so his body is used to exertion and recovery in both extremes of temperature.

This is one in a series of challenges arranged by Mike that seeks to raise over £1m for the UK’s ‘Help For Heroes’ - a charity that raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country.

Mike Buss is a former British Army Physical Training Instructor who served for ten years with the Royal Green Jackets.

A tour in Northern Ireland changed his life forever when he was involved in an IRA attack on Lisburn Barracks. It was a deeply traumatic experience and though he was lucky to avoid serious injury, his life was left in pieces.

Mike was discharged from the army with severe damage to his hearing and ended up homeless on the streets. After 5 months, he read about another former soldier that broke fitness records. Mike decided to turn his life around and he started running.

Since then, Mike hasn’t stopped. He has become known as ‘The Running Man’ and has gone on to achieve every incredible challenge he has set himself.

Mike Buss is best known for his HERO 100 Challenge sponsored by Jeep and Timex - running 100 marathons in 100 days on a treadmill in shopping centres and public spaces around the UK.

Mike's progress can be followed online at

Mike is available for satphone/mobile phone interviews from Canada or Morocco during planned stops or travel periods.

In the 5 days he is in the UK (26th to 30th March 2011), all interested media are invited to trial Mike's training regime for themselves at his local fitness centre in Swindon, Wiltshire.

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