They joined 125 other participants in the 200km race, which takes on a different route every year. This year the views were as striking as ever, taking the runners across varied terrain including beautiful beaches, steep inclines and declines, swamp crossings and plenty of water crossings, which the participants needed to swim through without losing their backpacks!
An extremely challenging event, the Jungle Marathon tested the endurance and stamina of the whole team. There were the usual bouts of stiff legs, sore feet, blisters and lost toe nails, and the high humidity meant there were some cases of dehydration.
Nature also made its presence felt. The final two athletes to cross the finishing line were accompanied by firemen and the military due to the failing light, and the presence of a jaguar which had been heard a little too close for comfort!
In previous years competitors from Brazil have dominated the race but for the first time an international competitor, Ryan Sandes from South Africa, was victorious. Of the 125 participants who started the race, just over 50 completed the course.
We would like to thank all of Mencap's extreme team for their amazing efforts in taking on this difficult race. All the funds raised will make a real difference to the lives of people with a learning disability. Thank you!
Who to contact
For more information about the Jungle Marathon and other extreme events, please contact:
Telephone: 020 7696 5566