Building upon his participation in the 2015 Champions Walk for Peace which raised £60,000 towards £160,000 needed to help the Aegis Trust to create a school for peace in Kenya’s troubled North Rift Valley, ultra runner Adam ‘Tango’ Holland has embarked on a remarkable series of challenges culminating in an attempt to break the world record for the fastest 10 marathons in 10 consecutive days. Behind these challenges is a desire to bring young people together and unite communities in a region where ethnic violence has left hundreds of people dead and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes.
The first of these challenges, “The Kenya Peace Torch Relay”, saw Adam embarking on a 1000km relay over 10 consecutive days between 21st and 30th October. The relay, which started and ended in London but passed through some of the UK’s biggest cities, was split each day into 10 sections of 10km each so that other runners, including some of our Secure Base runners, could join Adam for individual 10km sections. The Kenya Peace Torch, which began its journey from Kenya in July 2015 in the hands of elite athletes Haile Gebrselassie, Ezekiel Kemboi, Tegla Loroupe, Paul Tergat and Wilson Kipsang was carried in the 2015 Great North Run by Adam and Rob Young aka Marathon Man UK (though race winner Mo Farah also got his hands on it at one stage!) as they embarked on their 25 day 2,000 mile tour of 400 cities, towns and villages across the UK before it was handed over to runners in the US. It was returned to London for the start of the Kenyan Peace Torch Relay when Adam embarked on his latest adventure accompanied by Eric Murangwa, who was captain of Rwanda’s national football team when the genocide broke out in 1994 (see: https://vimeo.com/132086015), and Secure Base runner Sound Mike.
The second challenge, Hell of a Hill, between 9th and 13th November, saw Adam participating in one of the toughest 5 consecutive marathons in 5 days in the world. Each day involved over 6,000 feet of elevation over the mighty Rivington Pike on the West Pennine Moors in Lancashire. The 26.2 mile course saw runners encounter treacherous conditions on stony and muddy terrain, not to mention heavy mists and even snow! Adam won all 5 marathons and in doing so established a course record for the event.
Most difficult of all, Adam’s third challenge, between 25th November and 4th December, sees him attempting to break the world record for 10 marathons in 10 consecutive days at the Saxon Shore Seaside Series in Kent. Adam isn’t just hoping to break the world record but also to become the first person to run all 10 marathons in under 3 hours. You can follow Adam’s progress through his daily Facebook postings at: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=adam%20%27tango%27%20holland
As if these challenges aren’t enough Adam will top-off his remarkable year by hosting 200 runners at the second Newark Showground Christmas Challenge on 17th and 18th December which we hope will become a celebration, not just of his amazing athletic achievements, but also of his drive to “do something” in supporting such worthwhile causes, encouraging others to become active and in raising funds for the Aegis Trust’s peace school in Northern Kenya.
As Adam says “I love running and I find real freedom in it, but my motivation doesn’t just come from that, I am driven also by a desire to help and be kind to others, something my parents gave me, and by a passion to encourage others to participate and believe in their potential to make a difference.”
Secure Base is proud to support Adam ‘Tango’ Holland, the Aegis Trust and their efforts to establish a school for peace in Northern Kenya, if you would like to help us in doing so then please donate at: