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.

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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.

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

Across the Divide on the BBC

Possibly the hardest race in the world?   The Namibia Ultra Marathon wows BBC viewers

Blue Peter today BBC 1 16.35 featuring the Namibia Ultra Marathon – the Critics choice in the Sunday Times! – if you missed it or fancy seeing it again you can watch it here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00kc4wv/Blue_Peter_06_05_2009/

Today, Wed 6 May, BBC 1 Blue Peter 16.35

Yes today is the day that Blue Peter are featuring the Namibia 24 hour Ultra Marathon.   Blue Peter presenter, Helen Skelton ran the race and finished a very impressive 8th out of a field of 20 runners with only 12 finishing.  16.35 – BBC 1 don’t miss it.

So set your Sky Plus or watch on BBCi Player

News just in Namibia 24-hr Ultra Marathon completed…..

We’ve just heard from the Namibia 24-hr Ultra Marathon race director Steve Clark, that everyone is now back at Swakopmund.  Steve had said that the Namibia race was very tough with temperatures getting up to 42 ºc.    Winner Darren Roberts was very surprised and shocked to win it and once it had sunk in he was delighted – Tom Adams very nearly caught Darren on the finish line to make it a nail-biting finish.

Namibia 24-hr Ultra Marathon Race results are as follows:

1st Place – Darren Roberts 20 hr 28

2nd Place – Tom Adams 20 hr 29

3rd Place – Tom Maguire 21 hr 05

4th Place – Emma Rogan 21 hr 27 – First female to complete the Namibia 24-hr ultra marathon

5th Place – Jerry Haywood 22 hr 30

6th Place – Nick Tidbull 23 hr 17

7th Place – Nicholas Wright 23 hr 45

8th Place – Helen Skelton 23 hr 50 – BBC Blue Peter presenter

9th Place – Adrian Crossley, Stuart Moore, Kellie Power & Michael Shakesheff 25.07 – just finished out of the 24-hour deadline but all completed the course and have secured their 9th places.   They all held hands as they crossed.

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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……