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Barcelona & Rome Marathon – Feedback from the field

Runners landed back in the UK yesterday evening after an exhausting weekend in Barcelona and Rome.

Over 35 fearless participants jetted off across to mainland Europe to tackle what was later claimed to be “the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life”.

Each participant had raised at least £995 for AICR, an international cancer research charity, and in return had spent 4 days in either Barcelona or Rome with a team of brave runners all looking to complete the 26.2 mile run.

A huge congratulations to everyone who took part, especially to those who it was their first time! All of our runners finished the race and (blisters aside) made it back in a relatively good shape and in a good enough mood for celebrations later that evening!

We do need to pick out one super human of an athlete meanwhile. Joe Fellows completed the Rome marathon in 2:58:19 which left him ranked 220th out of 10,600 runners and was officially one of the fastest Brits running this weekend! A huge congratulations to Joe and all the other runners who fundraised for the Association for International Cancer Research.

You can check out photos from the event on our Facebook page

Some of the feedback we have received back already has been incredible. We’re pleased you enjoyed yourself!

“2 days after the marathon and escalators are still my best friend!!! This weekend was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I can’t wait to do it again! Amazing people and atmosphere! Unbelievable feeling when you cross that finish line and most of all, we managed to raise lots of money for such a great cause! Big thanks to everyone involved! Still buzzzzzzing ♥ AB xox” – Aimee Black, first time marathoner

“Thanks guys for organising such an awesome weekend, it was incredible, thanks for making this dream a reality!!“- Patrick Goodall, first time marathoner

“Legs are still in pain from Sunday! But this was hands down one of the best weekends of my life. Massive thanks to the lads at Choose a Challenge for taking care of us for the weekend and showing us a really good time. Couldnt have asked for anything else! Will definitely be back!” – Stuart Aitken, first time marathoner

“Thank you guys so much for making our time in Barcelona as good as it was! It would have sucked doing it without so many awesome people around. Thank you!!!”Isabel Leming, first time marathoner

If you’re interested in running with us, check out the Athens Marathon in November 2013.

See you there!




Warwick Jailbreak – A Complete Success!

With teams blagging their way as far as Romania, Switzerland, Portugal & Spain this year, a huge congratulations to everyone who took part, battling against all sorts of miserable weather conditions and keeping a cheery attitude to charm their across country and continent all in aid of Practical Action.



An early start at 7am for registrations and to collect their items at the Warwick Student’s Union, teams were gathered at the rainy Piazza for a 9am break out armed with t-shirts, foam thumbs and set challenges.

The mini challenges along the way varied from making a homeless person happy, transporting their Jailbreak egg for the full 36 hours to kissing strangers on the lips – feedback has been brilliant and everybody had a great time.

To find out how far people managed to hitch this year, check out the Warwick Jailbreak page.  To date the teams have raised a whopping £12,900 for Practical Action with more on its way.

A big thank you to the Jailbreak Committee who oversaw the event, working in to the evil hours of the night to ensure every body taking part in the event were safe.

Like the sound of the event? Why not join the Hertfordshire Jailbreak on the 16th November 2012 or check out or other hitchhiking challenges.

Peace out x

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