Mark completes gruelling Marathon des Sables for MapAction

MapAction volunteer Mark Poole has just returned from Morocco where he took part in the Marathon des Sables – a six-day, 250km run through the sands of the Sahara Desert.

Mark completed the epic race – equivalent to 5.5 regular marathons, with 20% of the distance across sand dunes, in temperatures of up to 48 degrees – to raise money for MapAction.

Mark is no stranger to endurance running, having completed a number of mountain marathons in his youth. However, he was still nervous about this challenge. “Whilst it wasn’t a completely unknown proposition, at 56, I approached it with some trepidation in light of its reputation. It was my wife Kathie who persuaded me to enter – something that I couldn’t resist reminding her of as she questioned our sanity in the small hours of the morning on the long stage.”

Thanks to match funding from his employer BP, Mark has raised a staggering £4,300, which will be used to help ensure disaster management teams around the world have the data and maps they need to effectively respond to humanitarian emergencies, such as the recent flooding in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai.

We’re extremely grateful to Mark for undertaking this enormous challenge for MapAction, and to Kathie for asking him to do it with her!

If you’d like to sponsor Mark, you can do so here. Your donation will be matched by BP.

Countdown to the London Marathon

It’s just over a week until the 2019 London Marathon. Five fantastic MapAction runners are making their final preparations for the big race, and some of them are feeling quite nervous. We’re looking forward very much to cheering them on at miles 13 and 22 and celebrating with them when they cross the finish line. If you fancy coming to join us, please get in touch with Ian.

We’re extremely grateful to all our runners for taking on this epic challenge, and raising money to enable us to continue to help get aid to where it’s needed in humanitarian emergencies.

You can find out more about why they’re running for MapAction and donate via their fundraising pages:

Last chance to join the London Marathon!

We unexpectedly have one space available for this year’s London Marathon on Sunday 28 April. Now’s your chance to trump all your friends’ new years’ resolutions by joining our fantastic team of runners taking part in this incredible event!

To secure the place, we ask you to pledge to raise £1350 for MapAction. This will spur you on while also enabling us to provide lifesaving information and maps to help save lives and minimise the impacts of disasters around the world. We can help you get the word out and give you help, advice and fundraising tips. And of course we’ll be there on the day to cheer you on and help you celebrate crossing the finish line.

If you’d like to find out more, drop us an email at fundraising[at]mapaction.org, or register your interest here. The deadline for applications is Thursday 17 January.

Will 2019 be your year to do something amazing?

 

 

Huge thank you to our London Marathon runners

Four runners, including two new MapAction members, defied the heat at the hottest London Marathon on record on Sunday to run the race and raise thousands of pounds for MapAction.

We’d like to say a very big thank you and well done to Steve Penson, Pippa Hamilton, Iain Brackenridge and Richard Wood. It was Pippa’s second consecutive year running for MapAction and Iain has previously run the gruelling Marathon des Sables for us. Steve and Pippa both joined  our humanitarian mapping volunteer team earlier this year.

Despite the warm temperatures, all four runners completed the course safely and with good times. We were on hand to cheer them on at the halfway point and at mile 22. So far, they have raised a fantastic £6,500 which will help fund our work providing vital geographic information to help people in crisis.

    

Be part of #TeamMapAction with RideLondon 100!

This July why not test your cycling prowess with the best of them on the 100-mile route made famous by the London 2012 Olympic road race!

 

The shear enjoyment and exhilaration of riding on closed roads through the 2012 Olympic road route is worth entering the ride for, along with the camaraderie of 25000 cyclists, cycling past all those landmarks, finishing on the Mall and not forgetting raising money for such an important cause.

Colin, RideLondon participant 2015

Apply for a MapAction place for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey event today!

Date: Sunday 31 July 2016

Location: The event starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through London and into the spectacular Surrey countryside.

Registration fee: £50

Sponsorship target: £500

Difficulty level: People of all abilities are welcome, but please be aware that the route involves some challenging hill climbs. Participants are expected to complete the 100-mile route within 8.5 hours.

What support do you get?

  • A dedicated point of contact to help you with your fundraising
  • A support team on the day
  • Well-earned refreshments and a massage to welcome you at the end
  • A branded MapAction cycling top once you’ve raised over £200
  • The knowledge that your fundraising efforts will help deliver our emergency mapping service to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.

How to apply: Please complete our short online application form to register your interest.

Got your own place? We’d love to welcome you to #TeamMapAction! There is no minimum sponsorship, but if you raise over £200 you too can earn one of our stylish MapAction cycling tops! For more information, please email fundraising@mapaction.org or call 01494 56 88 99.

Rise to the challenge of RideLondon 100

UK, 17 Mar – DEADLINE EXTENDED…..This August test your cycling prowess with the best of them on the 100-mile route made famous by the London 2012 Olympic road race.

The atmosphere on the day was electric. It was such an inspiring experience and wonderful to know I was raising money for such an important cause.” Lucy, past RideLondon participant

Why not apply for a MapAction place for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey event today?

Date: Sunday 2 August 2015

Location: The event starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through London and into the spectacular Surrey countryside.

Registration fee: £50

Sponsorship target: £500

Difficulty level: People of all abilities are welcome, but please be aware that the route involves some challenging hill climbs. Participants are expected to complete the 100-mile route within 8.5 hours.

What support do you get?

  • A dedicated point of contact to help you with your fundraising
  • A support team on the day
  • Well-earned refreshments and a massage to welcome you at the end
  • A branded MapAction cycling top once you’ve raised over £200
  • The knowledge that your fundraising efforts will help deliver our emergency mapping service to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.

How to apply: Please complete our short online application form below to register your interest.

Got your own place? We’d love to welcome you to Team MapAction! There is no minimum sponsorship, but if you raise over £200 you too can earn one of our stylish MapAction cycling tops! For more information, please contact Melina on info@mapaction.org or call 01494 56 88 99.

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Run the London Marathon for MapAction

UK, 15 Dec – Final chance to run the London Marathon for MapAction! The charity has been lucky enough to secure guaranteed places in the Virgin London Marathon for next April. You can find out more about what it means to join Team MapAction and register your interest at: www.mapaction.org/marathon.

Places are limited, so please register by 12pm GMT Wednesday 17 December to be in with a chance of joining Team MapAction!

RideLondon 100 bike ride for MapAction

UK, 5 Feb – Be part of something amazing this August. You can test your cycling prowess with the best of them on the 100-mile route made famous by the London 2012 Olympic road race.

Lucy took part in the event last year: “The atmosphere on the day was electric. It was such an inspiring experience and wonderful to know I was raising money for such an important cause.”

Date: 10 August 2014

Location: The event starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through London and into the spectacular Surrey countryside

Registration fee: £50. This contributes to the cost of your place and your MapAction cycling top.

Minimum sponsorship: £500, but don’t worry – we will support you with fundraising help and advice.

Difficulty level: People of all abilities are welcome, but please be aware that the route involves some challenging hill climbs. Participants are expected to complete the 100-mile route within 9 hours.

What do you get for your money?

  • A branded MapAction cycling top
  • A dedicated point of contact to support you with your fundraising
  • A support team to help you on the day
  • Well-earned refreshments and a massage to welcome you at the end
  • The knowledge that your fundraising efforts will help deliver our emergency mapping service to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.

Please Note: All spaces have been filled.

Interested in running for MapAction?

UK, 11 Nov – Interested in running the London Marathon for MapAction next April? MapAction is delighted to announce it has a limited number of places available for the London Marathon 2014.

We ask our runners to commit to raising at least £1,500 and pay a £100 registration fee to secure their place. In return, you will receive a branded MapAction running top and have access to our post-race reception room, where you can enjoy a well-earned massage and refreshments. We support our runners every step of the way with their training, fundraising and on the big day itself. We would love you to join the team.

Places are in high demand for this prestigious event, so if you’re interested in running for MapAction, please complete the following form – MapAction London Marathon 2014 – by Friday 22 November and we will get right back to you.

London Marathon 2013

UK, 7 Nov – MapAction has been lucky enough to secure guaranteed places in the Virgin London Marathon for next April. You can find out more about what it means to join Team MapAction and register your interest at – www.mapaction.org/marathon.

Places are limited, so please register by Monday 19 November to be in with a chance of joining Team MapAction!

Marathon runners reach over £25,000

UK, 25 Apr – On Sunday 22 April six lovely people took part in the London Marathon in aid of MapAction. We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to…

  • Christopher and Sarah Egerton-Warburton 
  • Chris Holcroft 
  • Ian Holt 
  • John Lyon 
  • Naomi Morris

for raising over £25,000 for our emergency mapping service. Thank you also to everyone who lined the streets to cheer them on.

Chris Holcroft, one of our runners, commented:

“Doing the 2012 London Marathon was a life enriching experience that was full of fun, emotion, hardship and achievement. It gave our team of six runners a chance to make a vital contribution to MapAction, a unique charity that uses geographic information to save and improve the lives of those affected in humanitarian crises and natural disasters. It demanded a heck of a lot from us, but at the same time MapAction supported us and helped us very well at every stage of the process. I would certainly do it again.”

If you’re interested in running the London Marathon for MapAction in 2013, please contact Chloe Browitt – 01494 56 88 99.

Kili challenge to MapAction supporters

TANZANIA, 20 Oct – A challenge has been laid down to people who want to help MapAction in its vital work. The charity is inviting supporters to climb Africa’s highest peak and the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro.

Other challenge events benefiting MapAction in 2011 will include a London to Paris cycle ride and trekking through the High Atlas of Morocco.

The charity’s chief executive Nigel Woof said: “We know many of our supporters share MapAction’s own spirit of adventure. To those who want to make a real difference to our work, we invite you to raise funds by climbing Kili for MapAction in 2011, or tackling another of our challenge events. Whilst helping us in our mission, you’ll also be broadening your own horizons – literally!”

MapAction has teamed up with the world’s most experienced operator of fundraising treks and challenges. This is aimed at ensuring that the challenge events are well organised and guided, with an emphasis on ensuring participants complete the trip safely. Costs and commitments are transparent and participants can ensure that MapAction will receive the maximum benefit from their efforts before, during and after the trip.

For more information email info@mapaction.org.