Two weeks ago we brought you the story of Graham Wood, competitor in the 4Deserts Iceland Trail Run, who is running for the Good Work Foundation. Covering over 260 kilometers of Icelands toughest and incredibly rugged terrain, this is arguably one of the toughest trails runs on the planet today. Since the story broke, over ZAR 150 000 has been raised through Graham and his colleagues for the mission of the Good Work Foundation and two other competitors have joined in on the fundraising.

We are pleased to introduce Patrick Snelgar and James Bean

Rye to Hastings on the English south coast

Patrick about to begin the Rye to Hastings on the English south coast

Why are you doing this?

James & I were looking for an awesome challenge to do together for some time – he suggested this race, I called his bluff…. turns out he wasn’t bluffing!

Why are you running for the good work foundation?

It’s great to use this opportunity to help the people helping the people back home in South Africa! Helping underprivileged children with the education they need to break their families’ cycle of poverty seems to me to be one of the best long term catalysts for long term positive change in the country.

Talk about the race…

It’s the first time I’m attempting a race in this format (or any race for that matter!)…  I’ve had a few epic adventures including sailing a 42ft yacht with 2 guys from Cape Town to Sydney and Cycling 10,500km mostly solo from Beijing through China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand to Bangkok in 2006. Though with the pressure of work it’s tough to take enough time out for an adventure of this scale.  The Iceland race with 250km within a week and great mates joining seemed like the best substitute….

What are the highs?

Getting back in shape from all the training.

What are the lows?

The long list of injuries from all the training!


The learners at the Hazyview Digital Learning Center put together some posters to wish Graham, James and Patrick well on their upcoming race through Iceland.  “Hamba Team GWF – We are behind you all the way!”



If you wish to play your part in contributing to the fundraising behind the Iceland Race and help the Good Work Foundation reach its target of ZAR 250 000 then simply CLICK HERE  and select Project / Iceland Race to make an online donation.  All support is greatly appreciated by Graham, James, Patrick and of course the Good Work Foundation!


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Rich Laburn

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Rich is the driving force behind Londolozi’s online storytelling and the Londolozi blog. His passions of digital media, film and photography, combined with his field-guiding background, have seen him take the Londolozi blog to new heights since he began it in 2009. Rich ...

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