17/04/2008 12:11, Report by Rachael Pilsbury
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Reds man completes desert run

United's Asia marketing manager Rob James has completed the gruelling Atacama Crossing in aid of the Manchester United Foundation.

Rob finished as runner-up in the punishing seven-day endurance event, after averaging a marathon a day in the Atacama desert. The only runner to finish the course quicker was ultra-marathon man Dean Karnazes from the USA.

Supporters still have time to make a donation to the Foundation and be in with a chance of winning two tickets to United's final home match against West Ham on 3 May, a signed shirt or a football signed by members of the first team squad.

Donations can be made by visiting Rob’s fundraising page  Anyone who donates will automatically be entered into the prize draw.

MU Foundation chief executive John Shiels said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Rob, he has really done us proud.  We have had a huge amount of support from fans. We are really keen to hear from anyone who wants to get involved in our work.”

Rob James said: "Whilst doing it for charity was the main goal, I was secretly hoping for a top five placing so I'm happy to have achieved second place. It was great to meet and run with people from different backgrounds, including the blind Korean runner as well as one of the world's leading ultra-runners."

The funds raised will help the Foundation to inspire young people and benefit communities in Greater Manchester, North West England and worldwide. Manchester United Foundation is a registered charity number 1118310.

Manchester United Foundation Prize Draw Rules - Atacama Desert Crossing

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