Contours Walking Holidays Set New Record During Charity Run Along the South West Coast Path

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England’s longest national trail tested the endurance of ultra runners, Mark Townsend and Julie Gardener last week during their record-breaking run along the 630-mile South West Coast Path to raise funds for essential footpath repairs.

Celebrating a new record at South Haven Point, the end of the South West Coast Path

Ultrarunners, Mark Townsend and Julie Gardener celebrating a new record at South Haven Point, the end of the South West Coast Path

Knowing that our achievement would fund improvement projects along the path really spurred us on. The coastline is so stunning and varied that it deserves our support.

With dramatic sky, looming clouds and the sound of crashing waves, there couldn’t have been a more fitting end as runners, Mark Townsend and Julie Gardener tapped the marker at South Haven Point, the end of the South West Coast Path.

Mark Townsend, Managing Director of Contours Walking Holidays, joined by fellow runner, Julie Gardener and a dedicated support crew from Contours Walking Holidays, set out from Minehead on 27th April 2013, determined to break the record and raise funds for the South West Coast Path Association's footpath repairs program.

630 miles and 115,000 ft of ascent later, having run the equivalent of 24 marathons and climbed Mount Everest four times, Mark and Julie touched the marker at South Haven Point 14 days, 14 hours and 45 minutes later, smashing both their own expectations and Malcolm Law’s record of 16 days 9 hours and 57 minutes.

All money raised from this extraordinary event will be donated to the South West Coast Path Association. If you’d like to help fund essential footpath repairs along the South West Coast Path please visit http://www.justgiving.com/ContoursWalkingHolidays-SouthWestRun.

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