Pete’s Perranporth Ultra Marathon Challenge 9th/10th December


Pete Whitbread-Abrutat, long time club member and former captain is taking on a tough challenge to help provide basic shelter from the harsh and cold winter for displaced people out in Afghanistan. Here he expains why…..

“Back in early May I took part in a 30-hour marathon in Kabul, Afghanistan, in support of the Keep Qambar Warm campaign to raise funds to buy tarpaulins for the Qambar refugee camp in Kabul (see my blog of my visit to the camp in March: The event was organised by the chap who runs my guesthouse when I’m in Afghanistan. He is organising another event, this time for 24 hours, on 9 and 10 December. I won’t be there this time, but in support I said that I would do a run/ stumble on Perranporth beach at the same time and try to garner funds for the cause. I will also make a contribution to the surf club for their kindness in hosting this event.

My Perranporth event will be on Perranporth beach on 9 and 10 December starting at 1300 on the 9th and ending 24 hours later. The clubhouse will be the staging post. My plan is to do laps of the beach, one lap being from the surf club to Penhale and back, which is about 4 miles. When the tide’s in, it’ll be back through the dunes and over High Cliffs (inland by the golf course if it’s really windy!).

Each lap will start at a pre-planned time, which I will send out when I have organised it. This can’t be a mass participation event for obvious reasons, but if some people want to join in they would be welcome, in exchange for a donation to the cause. We will do a lap as a group. Let me know in advance if you are interested in participating by email The 15-hour night period will be when support would be most welcome!

Participation would be at your own risk. You will need to come completely prepared for the elements and be self-sufficient, because neither I nor the club can take responsibility for you. For those who let me know in advance, I will send out a list of key items to bring.

At the moment I am in the planning phase, but will send out further details soon.

To support the Keep Qambar Warm campaign, please donate online at Just £20 will buy a tarpaulin that will shelter a family of eight!

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