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They ran their first marathon in January and now two solicitors will head to Morocco in April to run a 250km ultramarathon across the Sahara to raise money for Giant Steps, a school for children with autism.

For Stefan Briggs, the challenge of running across the Saharan desert in Morocco is personal. Four years after his son Thomas was born, the little boy, now aged 12, was diagnosed with autism and a moderate intellectual disability. Briggs’ life fell apart.

“It was pretty devastating when we got the diagnosis,” Briggs, 37, recalls. “All of your expectations for your child get altered; about the type of life they will have.”

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