It was at the end of April this year that Pete Fleck and I took a leap into the unknown and signed up to race across Madagascar in the 4 Deserts 2014 Roving Race.
A 250km self-supported running race was something the likes of which neither of us had ever attempted, but we knew that if we were to undertake this challenge, we would have to do it properly. Not only were we excited about the competitive nature of the event, but we were also eager to try and do some good, and so decided to attempt to raise R300 000 for the Good Work Foundation during the course of our training.
Starting small in both donations and training, we steadily progressed from $100 dollar donations and 5km runs to 50km runs with 10kg backpacks on and some individual donations topping $4000!
The race was tough. Understatement. It was long, hot, and took us through some pretty brutal terrain. But ultimately, long hours of preparation and sticking together as a team is what got us through.
We ended up hitting our target in our fund-raising drive, finishing with a total of R300 000 raised for the GWF.
I’ll let the video take you through the rest of it, but I’d just like to take this opportunity to extend an enormous thank you to those who donated and those who supported us through our training and the race itself.
And of course, my biggest thank you goes to Pete Fleck, a true gentleman, who is quite simply the best training and racing partner I could have asked for.
We’re already thinking of entering another one… watch this space…
Written and Filmed by James Tyrrell
Photograph by Ryan James