The Run Up


Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Running, The Run Up | 0 comments

Come and JOIN us in London on Saturday 26th October to celebrate RUNNING SOUTH AMERICA!!!  

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David Lowrie: Accenture Alumni Interview

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Sponsorship and Donations, The Run Up | 0 comments

Transcript from a recent interview with my former company about how a wayward management consultant came to be running 35km a day, living in a tent, trying to raise money, awareness and inspire environmental action for South Americas wild places . . . Over the coming year, we will look to profile Accenture UK alumni who have gone on to do amazing, inspiring things. First up is Dave Lowrie who is currently 500 miles into a challenge to be the first person to run the length of South America, unsupported, in a year. See below for more information about Dave’s journey. I was in...

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Naked river crossings in winter wonderland epic quest to find the start line

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Survival, The Run Up | 4 comments

  I am writing this blog from my fingertips in the warmth and safety of a pitstop in a B&B, but in reality it was etched in my memory 4 days before. I am in the back of a 4×4 pickup being whisked along in the dark with the Magellan Straights to my left, my wife and sister wedged behind me seeking some shelter behind the cab from the 60mph sub-zero wind that is threatening to drive us silently into hypothermia, and my hands are clutched deep into the thick pelt of a husky hound to maintain some sensation. His eyes are watering with the wind chill but he is better adapted than me....

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The Independent Blog: A series of semi-hiccups and mini-disasters

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in The Independent Blog, The Run Up | 0 comments

Posted in, “The Independent”, Thursday, 26 July 2012 at 10:35 am. This week has been drawing ominously close; the week David and I start running the length of South America. We’re sitting on a double-decker bus nearing the southerly most city in the world, Punta Arenas, Chile and we’re being shaken like a doll by the driving wind that’s pelting across the Patagonian Steppe. The Southern Ocean, which has just come into view is on cue, “smoking”. The reality of the next two month’s running is dawning. The last ten days, since trying to leave our old wooden sailing boat...

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The Independent Blog: Running the Length of South America

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in The Independent Blog, The Run Up | 0 comments

As preparations for the London Olympics intensify, 5000 miles away, we’re launching our own Olympian bid. On the 27 July 2012, we will be standing on the southerly-most point of the South American continent, gazing out to the fabled Southern Ocean. From that wild, sea battered peninsular, Cabo Froward, we will begin running. A run that will continue day after day, through snow, gale-force winds, steaming rainforest and desert, in some of the most grueling conditions on earth. One year later… To read more please click...

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Day of the Dutch

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in The Run Up | 2 comments

Pitch Black. 0715am, Valdivia, Chile. Winter. We’re on the road again. 2 hour, 5 hour, 12 hour, 12 hour and 3 hour bus rides later and we should be in Punta Arenas by Tuesday night; southern most city in the world. We are not great company to be around: we both having streaming colds, I have lip herpes and a bad back and Dave has a sprained big toe. We keep growling and snapping at one another as we’ve had hardly any sleep and we’re both agitated and stressed about the project. On top of this, red bites have started popping up on my legs. It appears I have somehow attracted...

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