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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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.

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.

Work for us…Challenge Events Coordinator

We have a new exciting job opportunity come up within our UK Events Team, for a challenge events coordinator.

The role is to assist the UK Events Director to plan and manage your own portfolio of UK based challenge events. You will be working within a team covering all details regards the creation, planning and delivery of a wide selection of charitable and corporate challenge events. 

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ATD director visits South Georgia Island resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton

In March of this year Mark Hannaford was lucky enough to get a fantastic photographic project down to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands with the Scott Polar Research Institute (http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk ) and the South Georgia Heritage Trust (http://www.sght.org ).

Mark tells us about this project, SPRI and the amazing history behind these islands.

“Prior to landing I asked a colleague, well known naturalist Dr Peter Cary, if it was realistic to compare South Georgia with the Galapagos Islands and his reply ‘only if you want to downplay South Georgia’. Which surprised me but the islands lived up to and exceeded any expectations that I had.

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NEW OPEN EVENTS 2009/2010

Euro Cities Bike Ride-London-Amsterdam-Brussels 18-22 June 2009 & 17-21 June 2010. Visiting three of Europe’s most vibrant cities this is a tough challenge but what an achievement and experience you will have!
London to Paris Bike Ride 24-28 June 2009 & 23-27 June 2010. This is a classic journey with a unique and challenging way to experience both rural and urban sides of England and France.
Little Tibet, Ladakh Himalayan Challenge 18-29 June 2010. A stunning trek through the magical Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh, passing charming local villages and monasteries offering magnificent views of the Himalayas.
Mount Toubkal, Morocco 1-6 October 2010. A five day challenge with amazing views of the Sahara and Marrakech. Mount Toubkal is North Africa’s highest mountain, so there is a real sense of achievement as you reach the top.
Just Bike The same principle as Just Walk, cycle for the charity of your choice. Three distances to choose from so there is something for everyone.  Registrar your interest for Just Bike.

Just Walk hits over 200 walkers mark!

Just Walk has now over 200 walkers taking part in the event which is 50% up on last years figures.   The event , now in it’s third year offers four distances: the BIG 60km, the NEW 40km the 20km and NEW 10km so something to suit all ages and levels of stamina .   Once you have paid your event fee all the funds your raise go to charity.  You can raise funds for the charity of your choice but if you need help in finding a charity to choose from we have a list of over 40 on the Just Walk website.

So join us on this fantastic event  – 9th May at Goodwood, West Sussex.