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Running for a Coast with a Future

An update from Alex Asher who is running the entire east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.  Alex is due to finish in Wellington tomorrow, Tuesday the 1st of February.  Help support his cause to raise money for Sustainable Coastlines and Forest & Bird; and and join him on his last few km’s or donate through his website.

“I’m ramping it up so you can too! My goal is to finish 14 days ahead of schedule.  I already  have run over 2,000km (and I swum 63km of those) around New Zealand’s most extraordinary east coast.  I have another 300km left to run and $9000 left to raise for my two core charities keeping New Zealand’s oceans and coastlines alive and pumping: Sustainable Coastlines and Forest and Bird.  I’m increasing my effort in a bid to encourage you to help me reach my fund-raising goal of $12,000.  And you can help me get there through my website: www.capetostrait.org.nz

I will finish this TUESDAY, 1st of February at 2pm at the Wahine Memorial Park.

I’ve just finished running down the wild Wairarapa coastline passing gorgeous golden farmland, turqoise waters, remote seal colonies and gnarley rocky bays.  Each day I’ve run between 40 – 50km of road, rock or sand, 6 days a week for two months.  I have my trusty support crew and caravan moving my stuff from place to place, so the thought of a stable bed and a hot shower is very alluring.

If you want to join me for my last league into Wellington then chuck your shoes on and come along for as long as you feel like (don’t worry – I won’t be too fast by the time I get there).  I am starting at Eastborne at 8am, I will have a quick break at Parliament and leave there at 11:30 to arrive at Wahine Memorial Park at 2pm this tomorrow.

Look for details on my blog site: www.facebook.com/capetostrait or contact me on 027 262 7805.

Thanks Icebreaker for backing me from the beginning.  I’ve now got merino in the blood after wearing it for almost the entire 2 months and my feet still look like feet thanks to your socks (2300km and not one blister).”

- Alex Asher, Cape to Strait

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India to Ireland – A 12,000+ km Bicycle Ride for Charity

Brother and sister team Pete and Keara Brennan are off on their next adventure, cycling  12,000+ km from India to Ireland to raise money for a educational children’s charity Room to Read.  This independently organised and self-funded trip will take them through India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Croatia and much of Eastern Europe.

The siblings have already overcome the loss of much of their equipment and one bicycle, lost by the airline in transit to India.  This involved Pete cycling (and walking!) 500km on a single speed Indian bicycle which has now been donated to the YMCA, Mumbai.  Enjoying the hospitality of local people, they have cycled the beautiful Konkan coast of India and are currently cycling north to Delhi, India.

Room to Read is a small, transparent charity which really makes a difference building schools and providing education to children all over the developing world.  Pete and Keara have witnessed first hand what a difference this makes to impoverished children’s lives and will be visiting Room to Read schools along their route to see how their fundraising efforts are making a difference.

Icebreaker have generously sponsored Pete and Keara a wide range our outdoor clothing and they are very excited to be testing Icebreaker’s new line of cycling shorts.  “They are beautifully designed, tough, comfortable and after 1000kms… they still don’t smell!  We are soon to be cycling through a bitterly cold Iranian winter so we will be glad to have Icebreaker protecting us from the elements.”

For more info on Pete and Keara’s ride, please follow their website www.indiatoireland.org

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