Two Glasgow-based runners are embarking on a challenge that will see them run the length of the Gambia Runner in 2017 – while in the UK. Paul Blackler and Alex Osborne's virtual running challenge, Gambia River Run, involves using waterside routes in the UK to simulate the upstream route of the West African river.
Along the way the pair plan to raise awareness and money for the health, nutrition and educational initiatives of the entrepreneurial, female-led farming communities in The Gambia with charity partner United Purpose and Ministry of Education.
Paul and Alex are also hoping to build a running community by engaging people with monthly social runs and a series of virtual runs, offering bling and apparel. As well as these runs, supporters can join #TeamGRR at various waterside events throughout the country. One such event is the inaugural Bedford Half Marathon on 2 September.
Former GB athlete and race director Mark Draper said of the challenge: “Running has a unique ability of bringing people together and with Alex and Paul’s virtual concept I can’t think of a better way to get involved. Join them on their Gambia River Run and help support this worthy cause.”
For more information, visit the Gambia River Run website.