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Together We Will Beat Cancer – by Claire Langford

As a child I would be glued to the television the second weekend of April, watching Jimmy Saville in his shiny shell suit running the London Marathon. One year I even did sympathetic laps of my grandparents’ garden as the runners were making their way around London, but as an adult I lacked the impetus to train through the winter and take on the 26.2 miles of a marathon.  Until 2003 when my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer. If I’d ever needed a reason to don my trainers and get fundraising, this was it, and I signed up to run the London Marathon for Cancer Research UK the following year.


Everest Marathon – final blog post

Final countdown for the trip now! The training is almost complete, whilst Patrick has been battering his way to the top of Kilimanjaro, I have been trotting endlessly about the oxygen rich air of the Chilterns. Hard to know which effort will hold us in greatest stead for the race day but at the moment our focus has turned to packing and kit.

So what to take? We are in the happy position that we only need our trekking kit from Jiri to Namchee Bazaar, where we will meet the rest of the Everest Marathon team. They will bring our bags of running kit to Namchee. Always a bonus to be met half way with extra snacks, toiletries and a layer or two. We’ll also have porters from there….pure luxury!  See below for full trekking list.


Everest Marathon blog part 2 – The Trek and Race Day itself!

It’s been about one month since our previous blog and, despite being away working on various cycling events overseas, training has been going well! We have completed training runs locally in the Chiltern hills and slightly further afield, enjoying the UK’s many varied mountain areas e.g Brecon Beacons training run (see image). I thought I would take the opportunity to tell you a little more about the Jiri to Namche Bazaar trek and the Everest Marathon route itself.

In early Nov Patrick and I will set off ahead of the main Everest Marathon pack (possibly the only time that we will be ahead of them!) and get a rickety bus from Kathmandu to Changma and trek from Jiri  to Namche Bazaar. In Namche we will meet the rest of the gang who will have flown Kathmandu to Lukla.  The Jiri to Namche trek will take 8 days and should be excellent training as it traverses the valley systems of the lower Khumbu and therefore provides lots of ups and downs! View the route.

By the time we reach Namche  we will be at 3440m and will have an acclimatisation day before setting off on the trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes. View the route.

Finally, on 2nd Dec 2011 we will attempt the 26 mile run from Gorak Shep back to Namche Bazaar and hopefully the Everest Marathon shall be complete! View the route  .

From there it is a flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu for fine dining and a knees up before flying home, well…..that’s the plan anyway.

Why book with Across the Divide

We know that price is almost everything in this day and age and we understand that, but we are not budging on our values.   We have very high safety standards which means that we are not always the cheapest option, but we are one of the safest. We endeavour to have a UK medic on every trip, and provide up to date medical equipment and the latest in technologies out in the field.  We never compromise on our safety standards and we hope you’ll take this into account when choosing your overseas or UK challenge operator.

We recently asked a few key clients why they booked with us and these were some of their responses…..

  • You are very trustworthy
  • We know how much you value safety on the treks and appreciate the importance you place on this (i.e. a doctor on all treks, taking an extra day to ensure everyone gets to the Kili summit etc)
  • You help us to create the itineraries that we want and that sell so well to our corporate supporters.
  • Your in-country partners are usually fantastic
  • You send great teams of Expedition Leaders, Guides and Doctors on our Challenges – who pretty much always get excellent feedback from participants.
  • Your office staff are very responsive – I feel we have an excellent relationship and that you always get back to us promptly and add value wherever you can.
  • All of you are very friendly, approachable and experienced.
  • You really look after our participants well 
  • You are a small but committed team and we really appreciate that and the fact that we know you all – we know who to speak to about which element of the trek and appreciate getting the same familiar (expert!) voice 
  •  The knowledge that we have a fully qualified doctor who is trained to deal with emergencies in extreme environments is a huge comfort when taking 40 supporters of the charity abroad.
  • The ATD trip leaders really take all the stress and pressure off the charity staff members.  They run the projects extremely efficiently and are excellent at dealing with all situations whether it is an emergency or dealing with difficult participants.  The support provided at the information evening is also hugely appreciated and really helps to reassure any nervous or high maintenance participants.

So if you are speaking to your current overseas challenge supplier make sure you check about UK staffing ratios, if they supply a medical kit and what’s in it, and if a UK Doctor is on the trip.  These are key values which we know our clients appreciate over cost.

ATD Guide takes on the Everest Marathon

Jen Sinclair – ATD guide is training for the Everest marathon Dec 2011

Welcome to my first blog about the Everest Marathon! Why am I doing it? I’m sure half way through I’ll be asking myself the same question! The event has been on my radar since I spent three months in Nepal and Tibet back in 2006, I decided this year was the year. I’m running the event with my boyfriend Patrick; we’re both keen fitness enthusiasts but wanted a goal in training. To aim for this unique and challenging endurance event whilst also incorporating a trek in this stunning part of the world, fitted the bill perfectly.


Just Walk 2012 – TWO free places up for grabs!

Just Walk is a fantastic one day charity walking event around the glorious South Downs.  This fundraising walk is open to anyone who is keen to get their walking boots on and hike for charity – you can choose either 10km, 20km, 40km or 60km routes – so something for everybody.  You choose your distance, choose your charity and Just Walk.

This charity walk offers enthusiastic walkers the chance to experience a breathtaking charity walk over the picturesque South Downs in West Sussex and generate funds for their chosen charity.  Now in it’s 6th year!

As we like this event so much we are offering 2 free places on the 20km route (worth £100), all you need to do to be in with a chance to WIN these places is to RT our tweet to enter!  We will pick a name from all our Twitter entries, at random, on Friday 15th July 2011.

Just Walk 2011 Video

Our fantastic photographer at Just Walk, Richersea not only took great photos but kindly put together a great video.  Hope you enjoy it!

Just Walk is now in it’s 6th year.   It’s open to everyone wanting to fundraise for their charity of their choice and at the same take take on a walking challenge.  There are four distances to choose from 10km, 20km, 40km and 60km so something for everyone.  Sign up to Just Walk 2012!

Just Walk 2011 video

Just Walk 2011 a huge success!

Just Walk number 5 – was a huge success!  On 7th May, 700 walkers took part in our annual UK charity walk, raising funds for the charity of their choice. We  had a huge number of charities represented from Parkinson’s UK to WellChild to Cats Protection to Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.   

The day started with thundery showers and finished with showers but that didn’t damper anyones spirit. 

 For the first time we also had 10km runners take part and the first two ladies across the line were knabbed by Spirit FM to do an interview – once they’d caught their breath.

We’ve already had our first sign-ups for Just Walk 2012 so why not join us on this wonderful event.

I just wanted to pass my thanks onto your for such an amazing day on Saturday.  I travelled to Goodwood to complete the 60k walk, having never done this kind of distance before I was quite nervous about the day, and after 16 hours of hard, wet and sore trekking my friend and I finally crossed the finish line.  But I can say with hand on heart we would have found it 100 times more difficult without the amazing support of your crew and volunteers, they were fantastic, the encouragement and support they offered throughout the walk (especially at night time when they were as tired as us!) was monumental.  They always had huge smiles on their faces and did everything in their power to get us over the finish line.    Thank you, thank you, thank you what a FAB day!   If possible please pass on my thanks to all the crew and volunteers who helped out on the day.   Thanks again your all amazing!  Cassandra – 2011 Just Walker

Just Walk only days away…

Still time to join us at Just Walk 2011.  Just Walk is an exciting sponsored UK charity walk for anyone wanting to fundraise for the charity of their choice.  This fundraising walk is open to anyone who is keen to get their walking boots on and hike for charity – you can choose either 10km, 20km, 40km or 60km routes – so something for everybody.

NEW FOR 2011 – JUST RUN. Due to high demand we have now opened up the 10km walk to 10km runners.  It is the same route, same price, it’s just running. 

Join some inspirational walkers like Sue Fuller and Katie Bizzey.

So whether you are running or walking we look forward to seeing you in a few days.


I have now managed to clock up a total of 140km.  The last 50km really put the shoe to the test on the dusty high trails of the Annapurna region in Nepal, from Birethanti through Gorepani, Tatopani and on to Beni.  The trails were steep ascents and descents on rocky, uneven steps, hot and dusty 4×4 tracks and local mountain trails.  This is definitely the type of terrain that the shoe excels in.  They felt remarkably stable, and had excellent grip.  They were cool in the heat, and the sole is looking surprisingly new without any detectable wear and tear.  The shoe let in a lot of dirt, but nothing big enough to cause rubbing or blisters.  So far I am impressed and thinking of the next place to put them through their paces.

Steve Clark