A Lanarkshire man who lost an arm and a leg while supervising a mine clearance operation in Africa is to take part in one of the world's toughest "ultra marathons".
Chris Moon has flown out to the US for the 135-mile Badwater run in California's Death Valley.
Temperatures will reach up to 55C - 130F - during the challenge.
Mr Moon, 50, who lives in Strathaven, lost his right arm and leg in Mozambique in 1995. He has previously competed in the event, finishing it in 53 hours - this time, he is aiming to cut 10 hours off that time.
The race, which gets under way on Monday, pits around 90 of the world's toughest athletes - runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers - against one another and the elements.
Mr Moon is running to raise funds for a group of charities, including O2E, which helps disabled and disadvantaged children.
"I am excited. I have done the training and I just want to get out there," he said.
"I want to challenge the concept of limitation. I want to overcome physical challenges and show that I have not been weakened by the unfortunate things that sometimes happen. I run further now than I ever did before I was blown up."
Mr Moon has been running marathons, ultra-distance races and raising money for charity for the past 15 years, and is the first amputee in the world to run the world's toughest ultra marathons, beginning with the Marathon Des Sables in 1996.
In September 2010 he became one of a handful of people to run more than a marathon a day for 30 days continuously, covering more than 1000 miles.
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