Men’s Fitness Magazine out now!

Go grab your copy of Men’s Fitness magazine to view some fantastic coverage about Across the Divide’s Namibia 24 hour ultra marathon.

Team Men’s Fitness went out and literally conquered with one of them coming in first….just. The race is gruelling and extreme but all runners did phenomenally well,  and the camaraderie was exceptional.

Join us in 2010 on the 24 hour Namibia Ultra Marathon

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Malawi site visit carried out by Across the Divide

Across the Divide managing director Mark Hannaford has just recently returned from carrying out a site visit to the east African country of Malawi

Malawi laughterMalawi in one of the poorest nations in the world but inhabited seemingly by some of the world friendliest – their catch phrase is that they are the ‘sunny heart of Africa’ and my experiences seem to bear this out.   The scenery also exceeded my expectations with a great deal more variation than I expected from high but accessible mountains to verdant tea plantations as well as numerous small traditional African villages easily matching most people’s expectations of the ‘real’ Africa.   It is also a highly traditional country with a well established network of missions dating back to Livingstone’s age of exploration engaged in a wide range of community initiatives along with a number of enlightened tourism operators who have also established a wide network of charitable or CSR projects – one of Across the Divide’s area of growth.

There are a number of excellent trekking areas in both the south on Mount Mulange and to the north of the country near the Ntchisi  Forest Reserve which has the additional benefit of being only two hour’s drive from Lilongwe and which will, with further investigation, yield some excellent and worthwhile projects.   A wide range of water sports are available on Lake Malawi including multi day kayaking trips.  

Will we be including Malawi in out list of destinations – yes you bet we are.

Many thanks for to the Malawi Tourism Marketing Consortium for helping making the  in-country arrangements.

Ultra Runners arrive in Namibia…

Our team of runners have arrived in Namibia ahead of the 24-hour marathon on Saturday.   Over 20 runners will be taking part in this extreme event covering 126km in 24-hours.  The blog will be updated on Saturday for more news on the race and how everyone is doing……

Namibia Ultra runners about to set off…..

It’s only a few days until our team of runners set off on the ultimate endurance test in the Namibian Desert. The Namibia 24-hour ultra marathon is a race over 126km in 24-hours, all contestants will be completely self reliant from the start to finish and will need to carry all their own food and equipment on their backs. For 2009 we have a Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton and a team from Men’s Fitness magazine joining us. The Namibia 24 hour Ultra Marathon is rapidly becoming known as the ultimate endurance test for distance runners. Our route will take you into the northern Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world and the largest and most remote National Park in Africa. If the landscape does not help to keep mind and soul occupied, the ostrich and springbuck you will pass along the way should bring your thoughts into focus.

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Comic Relief conquers Kilimanjaro

A huge well done to all those on the Comic Relief climb who have just summitted Kilimanjaro.  As you know Across the Divide have an open event leaving for Kilimanjaro in September 2009 and November 2010 but we thought you would like to hear how it really is in this fantastic climb.  Our very own Claire Langford went up Kilimanjaro in 2007 with Cancer Research and here she writes her story.

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Comic Relief climbs Kilimanjaro

Comic Relief  are taking a bunch of celebrities up Kilimanjaro to raise funds for projects in the UK, Africa and throughout some of the world\’s poorest countries.  Across the Divide have an open event  leaving for Kilimanjaro in September 2009 and November 2010 so you too can take on this huge challenge and climb Africa\’s hightest peak whilst raising funds for the charity of your choice.

TRIBAL WIVES – Do you want a life changing experience?

Diverse Bristol is making a new series of Tribal Wives for BBC2.

We are looking for British women to spend a month living with a tribe in a remote area of the world.  It’s a unique opportunity to find out about some of the oldest and most unknown communities in the world. It’s also a chance to challenge yourself and experience a completely different way of living.

You need to be available between February and November of 2009 and willing to commit for a month.

To find out more and to get an application form, please go to http://www.diverse.tv/bristol