A REDDITCH runner has returned safely from his latest adventure after successfully completing a hot and humid half marathon in the Bagan region of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

One of only 90 competitors from 21 countries around the world, Doug Richards, aged 66, endured steamy temperatures in the high 30s as the route wound its way on sandy trails through remote villages and past dozens of ancient temples and pagodas.

Mr Richards said: ""It was like running through a film set and the villagers were so friendly and supportive even though they live a very basic existence with no electricity or running water.

"We were warned to be watchful for snakes on the trail but fortunately, I didn't encounter any."

Mr Richards was doing the run to raise funds for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity as 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.

He would welcome any further donations, which can be made by visiting Mr Richard's fundraising page at justgiving.com/Doug-Richards-Burma.