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Sailing home: 5000nm in 50 days non-stop from NE Brazil to SW UK

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Survival | 0 comments

Bound for foreign lands and adventure, we left the UK in July 2008. After interviewing some breeding seabirds in the Caribbean, rounding South America in our eighty-year old sailing boat, running the continent, giving birth to Theo (at home due to various complications) we finally headed into Falmouth, direct from Cabe Delo, in Autumn 2015 with a pod of pilot whales (see Dave’s blog here for the full story). In addition to deck-hand, Theo, who joined us for the first 9 months of his existence, we were assisted by Coattie the monk parakeet, whom Dave found half dead on a sandy track in...

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Going nuts over Brazil Nuts (from Bolivia!)

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in Food and Nutrition | 0 comments

OK – so the running is over and our bodies are in repair, but so often our minds are carried back to South America, the expedition and the incredible landscape by the many reminders we see in the products that we consume here at home in the UK. Sugar from Paraguay, Brazil nuts from Bolivia etc etc. We feel we know South America so well now, and how can we be sure that the products we buy here in Europe, and consumers throughout the world buy, are any good for the continent where they come from? We caused a bit of a stir by criticizing “clictivism” in an article published...

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Expedition Comms Map: Staying In Touch On The Run

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Gear and Equipment, Survival | 0 comments

Staying in touch with sponsors, supporters, family and friends whilst on the run in wonderfully wild but disconnected places presents some challenges, especially when you have to carry all your kit in the running  trailer, but this is how we do it: CLICK MAP TO ENLARGE       *A special thank you to Our grant Sculpt the Future Foundation, and technology...

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A visit to the (running) clinic

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Running | 0 comments

Running barefoot has been a central pillar of our run the length of South America. We trained for three months before the challenge began, re-training in the barefoot running technique (discussed previously), and working remotely with our coach using video and skype calls to check on our running form. Using this preparation we ran 6,504 miles in 15 months. Last week we had the opportunity to be guinea pigs in a train-the-trainer workshop in Vivobarefoot’s London training centre. Better late than never we thought. And a chance to see if we had successfully achieved the transition to supreme...

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Back to School !

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Conservation, Running, Sponsorship and Donations | 0 comments

“Nothing has changed!” I tell the new head mistress, “but the ceilings seem a bit lower”, as we stroll these small, colourfully decorated corridors which looked so spacious thirty years ago! We may have finished the running part, but “Running South America” continues back on home shores as we visit our former schools (and others who have followed us through the “BigToe” Classroom) to share our adventure and passion for the natural world. During the run itself we provided many ad hoc presentations with schools we passed on the road, and we discovered it was the perfect...

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