After Chile's tragic earthquake in February, the event faced its first cancellation ever. However, the organisers kept everyone updated around the clock and managed to secure the continuation of the race. It wasn't easy to get there - but this added an extra challenge and sense of determination to the team.
The crossing involved a gruelling, 250km 6-day race in the driest desert on the planet, under temperatures of up to 45C. The Mencap team was part of a field of 145 runners starting the race and 122 finishers. The team not only completed the course, but also kept their great spirits up throughout. Read more in their blog on the Racing the Planet website.
Cheets was asked to speak at an Enterprise lecture at the University of Winchester about the team 's achievement in Atacama. There were over 150 in attendance, made up of university delegates, friends and family. Cheets showed a short film showing the conditions of the race and the injuries the team suffered! There was also an exhibition of race photos on display.
The Red Hot Chile team have no direct link to Mencap but raised an amazing amount of money because they feel passionately about promoting equal rights for people with a learning disability.
A huge thank you to Lambo, Cheets, Dodsy and Ross for their amazing effort. The funds they raised will go towards Mencap's work supporting people with a learning disability, their families and carers to live the lives they want.
- Donate to the Mencap Red Hot Chile team on Just Giving.
- Register for an extreme event and find out how your money could help.
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