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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ATD and Expedition and Wilderness Medicine team up for Commonwealth Championships

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine are to provide the medical cover for the Commonwealth Championship for Mountain ATD Adventure RacingRunning and Ultra Distance. The events will run over four days in September 2009, and Keswick has been chosen as the venue.

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Director, Dr Sean Hudson is acting as the Medical Director for the event and overseeing the medical care for the many international and local competitors who will be involved in a number high profile races. In conjunction with ATD Adventure Racing they will be managing the medical logistics and communication for the event.

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Across the Divide Christmas eNews

December 2008


ATD’s Christmas Crackers

Christmas is nearly upon us and to help us all beat the credit crunch we have been working hard to secure you some fantastic and EXCLUSIVE discounts.  Not only are we offering discounts on some of our challenge events but we also have suppliers giving us some great offers

We hope you enjoy!


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ATD is delighted to offer the following discounts on the events listed below. We hope to see you soon on an ATD challenge!          


We are offering £10 off the 60km walk and £5 off the 40km walk.  Just Walk is a stunning walk over the South Downs allowing you to raise funds for the charity of your choice.  There are four distances to choose from, 10km, 20km, 40km or 60km.  Sign up now at


We are offering £20 off the registration fees on the Namibia & NEW Spanish Ultra Marathons.  These events are aimed at those wanting to push themselves to their limits, ideal if you want to raise funds for the charity of your choice and fancy a real challenge!  Sign up now at


It’s so easy to sign up, choose a challenge, choose a charity, register then start fundraising for the experience of a lifetime!  We have an inspirational range of challenges and we are offering £20 off the registration fees for the following Open Events
Exhilarating India Bike Ride     7 – 16 March 2009

Three Cities Bike Ride – London – Brussels – Amsterdam  18 – 22 June 2009

London to Paris Bike Ride   24 – 28 June 2009

All offers end midnight 31st December 2008.  Discount is taken off the registration fees and can only be used with online bookings. 



Hi Ho Silver 15% discount

Our neighbours at Hi Ho Silver are offering ATD customers a HUGE 15% saving at their online shop.  A beautiful range of silver jewellery and gifts with the additional bonus of a gift chooser and gift wrap.  Delve in, discover and buy from their fantastic range.  Just enter the code UhwkGqj when at the checkout.

T&Cs: Exclusively redeemable online at Not valid on sale items, e-vouchers and in conjunction with any other offers. Offer ends on 24th December 2008 at midnight. Promoter: Hi Ho Silver, registered in England No. 5042138.




Montane in partnership with The Climber’s Shop 15% off

We have been working with Montane for a number of years now and like us they are passionate about the outdoors.  They have performance clothing for any activity from biking to hiking to climbing.  They have negotiated for ATD customers a 15% discount with one of their top customers: The Climber’s Shop.

To claim your discount visit the website and enter the code CHONOS at checkout. Offer ends midnight 20th December 2008.





Lonely Planet, Nomad Travel Store & Trek Hire UK…




20% off at Lonely Planet
Booked your ATD next trip?  Then you might want to grab a copy of the Lonely Planet. They are offering you a 20% discount* off all Lonely Planet guidebooks. So lose yourself in depths of Norway, find yourself trekking in India or unearth some hidden gems on your home turf.


To redeem the offer, visit load up your basket and enter the promo code:


*This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion and excludes theme packs, digital products, travel gear and delivery charges. Offer ends 31st March 2009. You must enter the promo code ATDLP20 to redeem the discount. 


15% off at Nomad Travel Store

Nomads have been kitting out travellers with clothing, equipment, books, maps, medical supplies and vaccinations for nearly 20 years.

Prepare for your next ATD adventure with the 15% discount they are offering ATD customers.  Visit their online store where you can shop for all your goods for your next ATD trip.  The code you need is ATD1000.

The discount does not apply to medical items or the shipping cost of the order (although orders over £75 after discount will have free delivery anyway).


up to 15% discount at Trek Hire UK
If you don’t want to buy yourself new kit for your ATD adventure then why not hire?  Trek Hire UK can offer you the latest gear at very competitive hire prices, and even better they are offering discounts to ATD customers.

If you spend £50 or more you gain a 10% discount if you spend £200 or more you get a 15% discount (this is great if there is a few of you!).

To redeem this offer just call them on 01306 886333, promotional code is ATDTH20.



Profeet & Cotswold Outdoor…..


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Profeet is a new concept in custom fitted footwear such as running shoes and ski boots, providing the ultimate in fit, comfort and performance. Their unique 3D FIt System utilises biomechanical video gait analysis and foot scanning, the creation of custom insoles and the selection of appropriate footwear.They are offering ATD customers up to 25% off – email Julie for more details but hurry only a few vouchers left.


Cotswold Outdoor is an outdoor retailer which has been around for over 30 years.  They have one of the most comprehensive ranges of outdoor clothing and equipment in the UK.  They are offering ATD customers a 15% online discount, simply use the promotional code AF-ATDE-Y8 when the promotional code box appears in your basket.

T&C’s: Exclusions include: Gift Vouchers, Rock Bottom goods (both shown online and carried in store), sale items, previously discounted goods (N D coded items), DVDs and specially ordered goods. (These items will be correctly priced at point of sale).  In addition, this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other affiliation, Cotswold offer or discount.  Expires 31st December 2008. Only available online. Once you have added your goods to the shopping basket, please enter the Promotional Code AF-ATDE-Y8 in the promotional code box (not case sensitive but you need to use the hyphens).


Across the Divide Expeditions organise trips all around the globe, to help raise money for charities and worthwhile causes. We have been running charity and corporate events for over 11 years. We have taken 1000’s of fundraisers on international and UK events and have helped raise over £30 million for worthy causes.




Across the Divide Namib Ultra Marathon Results

The Namibia 24 hour Ultra Race has just finished and we are delighted to announce the winners:

Tom Maguire, Winner of the Namibia Ultra Marathon




Picture: Tom Maguire winner of the Namibia Ultra Race, coming into checkpoint 3, just over halfway at 62km

1. Tom Maguire, 17 hours, 15 minutes

2. Andrew McMenemy, 21 hours, 40 minutes

3. Joakim (Rolf) Jonsson, 22 hours, 24 minutes – who has never run a marathon before!

4. Kenneth Dunne, 23 hours, 22 minutes

4. Alan Logue, 23 hours, 22 minutes

6. William May, 23 hours, 26 minutes

7. Pete Holdgate, 23 hours, 39 minutes

7. Bill Martin, 32 hours, 39 minutes

9. Chris McCarthy, DNF

The 120km route traversed gravel plains framed by distant ridges and mountains, running past dramatic upheavals of granite inselbergs. All participants remained self sufficient over the 24 hour period, carrying all their own food and equipment – although water was provided at every checkpoint. Nine runners completed the race.

All runners thought the race was very well organised, a great route and one of the toughest challenges ever. “It was hot, it was hard, it was awesome! A true adventure! This is a MUST for individuals who wish to test their limits on physical and mental endurancePete Holdgate, who finished in joint 7th place.

Tom the ‘coolest marathon runner’, is already a record holder of the North Pole Marathon (2007) so now adds one of the hottest marathons to his list of achievements.

The Namibia Ultra Race is part of a new series of running events launched by Across the Divide. Steve Clark, from Across the Divide and an ultra marathon runner himself explains: “These races are designed to attract the attention of experienced marathon runners, charity fundraisers and charitable organisations, our adventure series can help gain the interest of sponsors by being out of the ordinary. “

Namibia 24hour Ultra 2008 – Have you got what it takes?

Namibia Ultra Marathon
April see’s the first running of the Namibia 24Hour Ultra, a 120km race across the worlds oldest desert and most remote national park in Africa with a coastline considered by many to be the most hostile you’ll ever see.

Runners will be completely self reliant for the duration of the race, having to carry their food and equipment. Water stations and medical tents will be provided at 20km intervals along the route. Temperatures are expected to reach 35 degrees c. The route is mainly flat with undulating sections of gravel, sand and rock, but this one will really test your mental strength to the max.

After flying into Windhoek competitors will transfer to Spitzkoppe in the Namib at the spectacular Spitzkoppe desert mountain range. The race starts in the cool of a desert early evening and participants will run through the night with the full moon of the Namib for light and company. Runners will pass by the Klein Spitzkoppe and Trekkoppe into the wastelands of vast Namib gravel plains, until it finally reaches the finish line on the misted Skeleton Coast and the camp on the beach front at Jakkalsputz (Jackal’s Well) where tents will be on hand to crawl straight into.

The Skeleton Coast Park covers 2 million hectares and is one of the most inhospitable and least visited places on earth gaining its name from the large numbers of shipwrecks which can still be found amongst the drifting desert sands. This is a place of real untouched natural beauty and one that should not be missed. If however 120km seems a bit too far there is also a standard 42.2km distance but this is no ordinary marathon.

Training for such an event isn’t going to be easy and focus must be on endurance as opposed to speed, 24 Hours is a long time to be on your feet! If it is the 120km race you’re doing then expect your body to be pushed to its limit and your mind to its max, mental preparation is as important as physical, it’s a given that your mind will be telling you to stop.

If you want to be there too you’ll need to visit the Adventure Racing Website it’s got to be one of the most spectacular ultra marathons on earth.

Adventure Racing in Iceland

The “Laugavegur” course is one of the most beautiful in Iceland, stretching from Landmannalaugar in the highlands to Thorsmork, a natural reservation area. The area is famous for the yellow, orange and purple hues of the surrounding mountains. The race blazes a trail through moss fields, meadows of wool grass, steam springs, and bizarre lava formations, where various blossoms defy the raw climate.

The race ends at Thorsmork, described as Iceland’s brightest pearl, surrounded by rugged mountains and beautiful glaciers.

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Across the Divide launches NEW Extreme Series

The series is designed to offer a different experience for those wishing to take the challenge of running a marathon to the next level. All our marathons will be run in difficult environments to push runners just that little bit further. Sign up to our newsletter here to be kept up to date of the latest marathons as we add them to the extreme series.collage11.jpgcollage11.jpg

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Taj Mahal Marathon, 20th – 25th September 2007

Starting from the sleepy village of Niyamat Pur, the route follows a good tarmac road through beautiful rural countryside and villages, before joining the main highway to Agra. The highway runs through fertile fields dotted with eucalyptus trees and mango groves, and past small bazaars and hamlets lining the side of the road.

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This year’s race takes place in the shadows of the active Arenal Volcano, creating a stunning backdrop to the event. Teams will navigate, trek, mountain bike, sea kayak, and traverse the rainforest canopy along a course of between 75 and 150 kilometers in 24 hours. This is the Adventure Race of a lifetime with teams competing over a variety of disciplines through a diverse range of environments.

Namibia 24 hour Desert Ultra Race, 22-28th March 2008

Join us on a 120 km race over 24 hours through the most hostile desert coastline on the planet – the Namibian Skeleton Coast. The race takes us through gravel plains framed by distant ridges and mountains, past dramatic upheavals of granite inselbergs, and takes place under the clearest of blue skies. Participants will be required to remain self sufficient over the 24 hour period carrying their own food and equipment for the duration of the event although water will be provided every 20km.

(A shorter marathon route can also be run)

Laugavegur Ultra Marathon 2008 Iceland, 9-13th July 2008

Enjoy the ultimate endurance test in spectacular surroundings. The course takes you from the natural springs at Landmannalaugar to Thórsmörk, a valley nestled between two glaciers about 55 Km away.

The course is normally hiked in 4 days, and is one of the most beautiful in Iceland, stretching from Landmannalaugar in the highlands to Thorsmork, a natural reservation area. The race is multi-terrain (sand, gravel, grass, snow, ice, rivers and streams) and is well-marked with wooden markers to prevent runners from
getting lost.

Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Ultra marathon + marathon distance, 2008 dates to be confirmed

A 65 mile footrace from Flagstaff along trails to the edge of the Grand Canyon. This event is still in the planning stages and more details will be released shortly. Register your interest online to ensure you are one of the first to receive the final details