A trio of adventurers have so far raised £91,000 of a projected total of £250,000 to help eradicate modern day slavery, after enduring a fortnight-long 2,000km duathlon across Europe.
Beginning with a 30-mile run in brutal 35-degree heat in Sarajevo, Bosnia, the team averaged a daily distance of 35 miles on foot and 125 miles by bike, before arriving safely in London two weeks later.
Since setting off on Friday 30th June in Sarajevo, Bosnia, lifelong friends Guy Hacking, Rob Martineau and Tom Stancliffe travelled through Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and France, before ending in London, UK on Sunday 16th July.
Building upon 2013’s successful maiden Run for Love, a 1,000-mile fundraiser that acted as the inspiration behind TRIBE, the team experienced life-defining and unforeseen challenges along the route, including fractured shoulders, severe knee injuries, a wave of food poisoning and widespread heat exhaustion.
Half of the final fundraising figure raised by TRIBE’s Freedom Foundation charity arm will go towards the launch of a UK Modern Slavery Helpline, set up by trafficking charity Unseen. The remaining 50% will be donated to a second charity partner, as voted on post-event by TRIBE’s members, in keeping with its community ethos. In partnership with its charity partners, TRIBE are working towards a world without slavery.
Tom Stancliffe, TRIBE co-founder, said: “Run for Love II has been the hardest two weeks of our lives. Mentally and physically draining, we’ve experienced some of the most inspiring and most unpredictable moments in our lives. But, our standout camaraderie and dedication to triumph in the darkest of times – in distance covered, but also more importantly funds raised – has seen us raise a fantastic figure to help our charity partners report, prevent, and intervene a real modern-day slavery epidemic. More than 13,000 people live in slavery in the UK, and the TRIBE Freedom Foundation are devoted to combat this.”
For more information around TRIBE’s Run for Love II, to donate, and for further imagery, videos, route maps and stories of the team’s accomplishments, visit the Run for Love website or #TribeRunForLove on social media.