Kelly Holmes seeking trail runners to support Orbis Challenge in Malawi

Participants will join the British running legend over 65km on mixed terrain

Kelly Holmes, here seen in Malawi last year, ,will take part again in October

Kelly Holmes, here seen in Malawi last year, ,will take part again in October

Double Olympic champion Kelly Holmes is seeking 30 runners to join her on a series of three charity trail runs in Malawi.

Due to take place in October, the Orbis Challenge will involve a 25km extreme mountain run, a 20km forest plateau run and a 20km run over mixed terrain. The aim is to raise £10,000 to support the work of Open Arms in Malawi and their commitment to preventing malnutrition in children.

It follows last year’s Orbis Challenge in which Holmes took a group running, cycling and kayaking in the African country.

The first run, over 25km, will be very steep with 1060m of ascent. The 20km will traverse forest plantation tracks and steep rocky descents. The last will cover sandy tracks, hilly terrain and village running with temperatures of up to 40C expected.

Participants will be pay their own as part of an eight-day package arranged by the organisers which also includes excursions.

Nicola Curtis, who took part in the tour last year, said: “The Orbis challenge for me was the most amazing thing I have ever done - the experiences, memories and friends I have made will last a lifetime. Seeing the different culture and way of life in Malawi was a real eye-opener for me and puts a different perspective on life for sure. Truly happy people who don’t have a lot but make the most of what life has given them.

“The icing on the cake was Dame Kelly Holmes joining us - such a lovely inspiring lady with a beautiful soul and a friend for life, I’m sure. As well as the challenges, we did the trips and excursions were also amazing and gave us a great insight into life in Malawi. If anyone has the opportunity to go and experience this trip I would 100% say go for will be life-changing.”

See for more information and check out the video of last year’s event below.

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