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Maria Conceicao

Visionary Humanist Set to Run 7 Ultramarathons on 7 Continents in 7 Weeks

Maria Conceicao Aims to Secure Two Guinness World Records and Raise $1 million

Dubai, UAE – 07 January 2014: Maria Conceicao, Founder of the Maria Cristina Foundation, who became the first Portuguese woman to summit the Everest earlier this year, has set her sight on a double Guinness World Record attempt in 2014. She has been training for the past six months to run one of the world’s toughest endurance races - seven full-distance 50km ultra marathons, to be run on each of the seven continents, across seven weeks; first of the seven events will commence in Antarctica in January 2014.

Maria is taking part in the Moonlight Challenge 2014 as part of her training regime

Website: www.mariacristinafoundation.org, Twitter: https://twitter.com/MariaDConceicao, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MariaCristinaFoundation?ref=hl, https://www.facebook.com/maria.conceicao

Challenge DVD's

Robert Nash makes a DVD of all the Challenges. These DVDs are usually about 25 minutes in length and where possible, include everyone who takes part. They give a really good feel for the atmosphere of the day and make an excellent memento for both the Challenger, their family and friends. They are available to buy about a week after the challenge and we email everyone to let them know when they are available and how to order their copy. Click here to view an example.

Note from the Director

Mike Inkster, Director of Challenge Hub says, "The Challenges are not races. They have a simple purpose: to give individuals the opportunity to take on a challenge that tests both mental and physical fortitude in a safe, well organised environment. There are a lot of people who are looking to push themselves, to define themselves...these events do that."


Hydration is a key factor to success in an ultra-marathon! We have used and tested High5 products ourselves on some extreme challenges which is why all Challenge Hub events in the 2014 series will be using High5 rehydration and nutritional products. We will be providing a range of these products free at all our Challenges to help participants achieve their goals and stay hydrated.


What people thought

Just a quick note to say thanks very much for the race last Sunday - very well organised, very friendly, excellent all round. I really felt that you and your helpers went the extra mile in terms of things like offering lifts from the station, quick responses to emails, detailed advice on accommodation, etc - all the sort of things that make it easier for competitors. Thanks!!!

Between you and me, I enjoyed the London Marathon, but the best running event I have ever done was the Moonlight Challenge. Something about the bleakness and getting through it changed the way I think about life in general.

WOW!! What an absolutely fantastic day. The organisation and support from you and your team was second to none. Race organisers all over should take note of how it should be done.

We are revising the course for the 2015 series of Challenges. We will be publishing full details later in October but the new course will be in the same area and include parts of the old course. The distances will remain as near the same as we can get them.

We are now taking online entries for 2015 events so we look forward to seeing both old and new faces there.

2015 Challenges

Saturday 28th February 18.00 start (limit of 100 challengers)
Sunday 19th July 06.00 start (limit of 100 challengers)
Saturday/Sunday 16/17th May 13.00 start Sat 16th (limit of 50 challengers)

The Challenges are not races. They have a simple purpose: to give individuals the opportunity to take on a challenge that tests both mental and physical fortitude in a safe, well organised environment.

Everyone who takes part in any one of our Challenges is a winner...no matter how far they get. Everyone who completes a Challenge gets the same medal regardless of the ‘position’ in which they finish.

We are committed to making everyone feel welcome and cared for, whilst remembering that the Challenges are tough and are probably going to cause most people a degree of pain and discomfort. However, we also believe that everyone who takes up a Challenge will know more about themselves when they finish than they did when they started. Whilst we do our best to offer every encouragement possible to help you achieve the objective ultimately it will be your mental and physical strengths that carry you through.

‘You can pick up leaflets of our latest challenges in The Running Outlet, Canterbury as well as some excellent running gear’