A WINYATES Green grandfather will be off on another exciting running adventure in November.

Doug Richards, aged 66, a regular at the weekly Arrow Valley parkrun, has this time set his sights on a half marathon around the temples and pagodas of the ancient site of Bagan, tucked away in central Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

In contrast to the ice and cold that Mr Richards endured on the polar ice-cap in Greenland last year, temperatures are this time predicted to approach 40oC with very high humidity.

"Adapting your training and your personal equipment to the climatic conditions you are likely to face are all part of the preparation for this type of event and, of course, it is an amazing experience to run in such spectacular settings," said Mr Richards.

Having previously completed races in the Sahara Desert, China, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Jordan and Siberia, Mr Richards is planning to publish a book of his running adventures later this year.

For the Bagan Temple half marathon In Myanmar, he will be fund-raising for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Mr Richards said: "They receive no Government or Lottery funding but provide life-saving care in getting patients of all ages to the most appropriate trauma centre within that critical first hour. Who knows who might need their services next?"

Anyone who would like to sponsor Mr Richards for his latest running adventure, can visit his fundraising page at justgiving.com/Doug-Richards-Burma.