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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Comments From Just Walk 2009

We had such a fantastic time at the weekend on Just Walk here are just a few of the comments trickling in:

To date our walkers have raised £9868 so should get to the £10K mark which we are absolutely thrilled about.They all had a great day and some looked very happy by the photos, ending up in a most acceptable pub congratulating themselves on their efforts.  Caroline Brookes at TreeHouse charity

Every one of the Just Walk Team made me feel special all through the event – it was as though I was the only person that mattered to them.  Stevie Parker

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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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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.

Maggie’s Mighty Bike and Hike

Almost 200 participants took on the challenge of the first Maggie’s Mighty Bike and Hike in South Wales on 11th October. The Mighty Bike and Hike fund-raising challenge took place on a route that stretched from Carmarthen to Swansea via the stunning Gower. The course was split into three endurance distances, bronze, at 45 miles, silver at 57 miles and gold at 75 miles, which had to be completed in 24 hours.

The event, which was supported by Swalec and the Evening Post, was organised by Maggie’s, the charity that supports cancer victims and their friends and families. Around 19 people completed the gold route, with the last person over the finish line at 6.30am on Sunday.

Event manager Clive Vale said

” Across the Divide are delighted to have successfully managed the first Mighty Bike and Hike. The weather was fantastic and every participant took on this huge challenge on great spirits. This is stunning part of the world and we have had great support locally and look forward to coming back next year for an even bigger and better Mighty Bike and Hike”.

London night hike a HUGE success

Across the Divide has once again teamed up with Maggie’s Cancer Cancer Caring Centres’ and Open House for the fourth, and best yet, London Nighthike.

Clear starlit skies were the order on this unique walking event with over 1500 people taking on the 20-mile challenge. The walk took them through the streets of London with exclusive entry to some of London’s greatest landmarks Somerset House, Battersea Power Station, Horseguards and the new Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Fulham were just some of the highlights along the way.

Walkers also enjoyed live music, champagne and strawberries and performance acts along the route, with the finish line at the top of City Hall for a bacon buttie and the morning papers.

Maggies Nighthike featured in the Daily Telegraph

Across the Divide has worked hand-in-hand with the Maggies Centres to develop a series of fundraising events of which the London NightHike is one.   This years event was even more successful than last years. 

Novelist Jojo Moyes explains why she joined 1,500 people for a night hike through London

Source: the Daily Telegraph | Monday 22nd September | written by JoJo Moyes

Pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor gazed at the crowd in front of London’s City Hall, and then down at her trainers. “You can tell I’m truly serious about this because I’m wearing the ugliest shoes possible,” she sighed. “And in public.”

Walk on: Moyes hiked 20 miles, and all night, for cancer patients
Like Ellis-Bextor, I am not a natural walker. I’m happiest behind my desk writing novels, so it was surreal to find myself wedged between her, presenter Anneka Rice, and Sarah Brown, wife of the Prime Minister, as we joined 1,500 people to walk 20 miles on Friday night.

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