26 Oct

From The Atacama To Inverness

Harald Ulriksen - Run Chile

Earlier this year, Australian runner Harald Ulriksen honoured the four year anniversary of his wife's death with a 65 day run across the Atacama Desert, Chile. Ulriksen's expedition saw him cover more than 3700km - an average of 55k per day - in one of the world's harshest climates.

This November, Ulriksen plans to swap the warmer climes of the South American desert for a two week running challenge across the UK. Starting in Inverness, the Australian plans to run over 1000km in two weeks, at which point he will finish in Brighton.

Run Chile

Ulriksen plans to cover the entirety of the distance - which translates to 70k plans per day - unassisted, a factor which is at the forefront of his thoughts: "The difficulty with this run will be the wet, and lack of support crew on the road, the first few days you can manage but after the fourth day things start to unravel and the mind really kicks in to keep you focused and motivated."

Throughout his Atacama adventure and the upcoming run in the UK, Ulriksen has been raising funds and awareness for Children's Cancer in Chile. On the decision to support the charity with a challenge based in the UK, he explains: "My wife lived here for several years before we met and we had talked about visiting. She worked with children so it is only appropriate that my efforts go towards helping in particular Children with Cancer."

Throughout his UK challenge Ulriksen is looking for the running community to support him along the way with food, shelter, or even a few smiles along the way. For more information on visit his facebook page.