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Luke and Harry run 260k for Horatio's Garden

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Luke Birch

Luke Birch and Harry Brockbank are running for 5 days, covering 260k through the Jordanian desert, to raise money for Horatio's Garden.

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Luke and Harry are both outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy physical challenges. Luke has previously rowed across the Atlantic, in 2013, whilst Harry canoed from Stockholm to Helsinki earlier this summer.  

However there is always room for more pain, more tears and most importantly, more money reaching a great cause. 

Horatio's Garden builds and maintains beautiful gardens in NHS hospitals that are designed to help people recover from life changing spinal injuries. 

During recovery, spinal injury victims can spend up to a year lying indoors in a hospital bed, staring at blue curtains. Research has shown that being outdoors, connected to nature, can relieve stress and dramatically speed up recovery, making a huge difference for victims and their families. 

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Event details

6 marathons in 5 days in the Jordanian desert

The Wadi Rum Ultra is one of the world's toughest running challenges - a 5 day race over 260k (over 6 marathons) through the desert in Jordan in scorching heat.
The boys suffered cramps, a 24 hour vomiting bug, blisters and their toenails falling off.They stuck together through thick and thin and Luke said it was the toughest thing he had ever done - the last 48 hours were worse than anything he experienced on his 54 day Atlantic Row!

Day 1: 47k -  bad cramps, very hot in the middle of the day but OK

Day 2: 50k -  better hydration and less cramp, very stiff sore legs

Day 3: 70k - a very long hard day with no real update from the boys as no Wifi/3G

Day 4: 57k - Luke plagued by vomiting in the night and during the run, had to be given anti-sickness injections so the run took 12 hours and both boys have huge blood blisters under their toenails which will fall off soon. 'Threw up all night.. didnt sleep probably the worst day of my life' according to Luke 

Day 5: 36k - They made it! It was incredibly intense as Luke was still very weak from the sickness bug. What an amazing team!

Event date

09-October-2017 09:00  - 
13-October-2017 16:00

Event type

Running / Walking

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Well done guys- great pictures, too - and for an excellent cause
Donation by Bill Baker
on 16-11-2017
£7.50 gift aid
sorry this is late - phenomenal effort from you both.
Donation by Bertie Butler
on 14-11-2017
£5.00 gift aid
harry you didn't ask for this, but so well done you madman!
Donation by jane and rory
on 10-11-2017
£20.00 gift aid
Impressive !
Donation by Sarah Lutyens
on 08-11-2017
£12.50 gift aid
well done brocks serious achievement
Donation by Rob KB
on 06-11-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Great effort Luke and Harry
Donation by Charles and Sarah
on 06-11-2017
£50.00 gift aid
Well done boys, phenomenal effort!
Donation by James Kelway–Bamber
on 04-11-2017
£10.00 gift aid
Better late than never! Well done and hope your feet have recovered
Donation by Caroline Kenyon
on 02-11-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Apologies it's late! Incredibly epic achievement men. Dare to think what's next...
Donation by Jam
on 02-11-2017
£6.25 gift aid
Had to hit your target! Well done for taking on such a gruelling challenge.
Donation by Anonymous
on 30-10-2017
£25.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £12,410.00
Offline Donations: £8,050.00
Total Raised: £20,460.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £23,013.75

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