Across the Divide organises ‘Ride of Britain’ for Ben Fogle and James Cracknell in aid of SSAFA Forces Help

Across the Divide, has stepped up to the challenge by organising an extreme event for charity in the space of just ten days.

The challenge event specialist was approached by the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help, to manage the operations of an expedition being undertaken in support of the charity by well known adventurers Ben Fogle and James Cracknell.

On October 3, the pair began a 450 mile, non-stop rickshaw marathon from Edinburgh to London, completing the challenge in just 53 hours, to arrive in London in time for the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards.  Throughout the duration of the gruelling expedition, Ben and James cycled both day and night, taking it in turns to rest for short periods of time.

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UK event update

We are now over half way in our UK event season and we thought you’d like to know the latest from our recent events.  We still have Just Bike, Oxfam Trail Trekker Ireland and Maggies Night hike all up and coming so we can’t quite relax just yet.  We have jotted down some feedback from the two Barclays events in Manchester and London raising funds for UNICEF and the Capgemini Wild Challenge for the Prince’s Trust.

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New Ultra Marathon added to our adventure race series

We are delighted to add the Grand Canyon ultra to our adventure race series – dates for your diary 2-9 October 2010.

This fantastic new race will be run in 24 hours across the vast, wild and remote area of the Grand Canyon North Rim, which remains untamed and isolated – an uplifted, forested plateau surrounded by desert..

The ultra marathon is 126km to be covered in 24 hours!  You will be self reliant – carrying your food, water and survival equipment.

Across the Divide statement on Swine Flu

Participant safety is paramount to Across the Divide and we are continuing to monitor the situation with regards to swine flu and its potential impact on our overseas events. At the time of writing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not advising against travel to any of the countries in which we operate however, should this advice change we will ensure that both charities and participants are kept informed, and will work with you to make suitable alternative arrangements.Please note that some airlines (most notably British Airways and Virgin Atlantic) will prevent passengers from boarding the plane if they are suspected of carrying the swine flu virus, and that medical screening facilities have been introduced at some international airports. Across the Divide strongly recommends that anyone suffering from flu-like symptoms prior to departure contacts the National Pandemic Flu Service (please refer to the website ) for advice.

Please refer to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for further information regarding swine flu overseas and do not hesitate to contact us on 01460 30456 should you have any further concerns.

Additional seats on our China Challenge in April 2010

Due to huge demand we have managed to secure some more seats on our Great Wall of China Challenge in April 2010.

Our China trek offers a truly unique experience. Not only is it a chance to visit one of the world’s most impressive historical sites but also, as a result of our local contacts, it offers a rare opportunity to trek and camp in a remote part of rural China and to experience local life in its most unspoilt state. In order to maximise the opportunities for interaction and learning about the local history and culture, a team of local translators support all our treks in China.  Join us now on this amazing charity challenge.

Two cycle events this weekend with ATD

Across the Divide has a busy weekend planned.

Tomorrow sees the start of the London to Paris bike ride with Visa – who are fundraising for NSPCC.  They cycle over 300 miles in just 4 days but what an amazing trip if not an exhausting one.  They will start in the centre of London, cycle through the rolling Kent countryside, across the channel, along quiet French roads and into the heart of Paris finishing at the Eiffel Tower.  Why not join us on this event next year?

Then on Saturday sees the NSPCC once again with a cycle event in Buckinghamshire – the Big Bike Ride  A stunning cycle event through picturesque countryside with the choice of taking part in a 25km, 50km or 75km route.  Why not join them in Sussex next weekend?

Charity Treks and Events.

BIG Red Bike Ride for the Red Cross

British Red Cross

BIG Red Bike Ride

Why not join the British Red Cross on the Big Red Ride, a new charity bike ride from London to Eastbourne? Covering 75 miles the ride will start at Blackheath Common in south-east London a nd take you heading south into the East Sussex countryside and all the way to finish on Eastbourne’s magnificent seafront.
 
Olympic Champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton is joining the Big Red Ride so why don’t you?  Join here.
 
The British Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.  The British Red Cross enables vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, they help people recover and move on with their lives.

THE BIG RED RIDE