The Sugarplum Wadi Run Trek – 100km for £100k to mark 100 years of insulin

We did it! 100km across the Wadi Rum….

Alice de Romarquel, Sacha Bancroft Cooke, Alex Sears, Alex Stuart, Mascha Sautter, Susannah Evans-Pollard, Kirsty Cornell, Martha-Noel Patton, Sophie Stevenson, Jos Grant, Claire Kay

In November, myself and eleven other women took on the Wadi Rum challenge to mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.  100km over 5 days, averaging 20km per day, over a challenging landscape of sand dunes, stony plains,  dry river beds,  and finishing each day camping under starlight in the Desert  – a life-changing experience for all of us.  Almost all those who walked along side me are affected by type 1 diabetes in some way – whether they live with the condition themselves, are a parent of a child who has been diagnosed, or are simply friends with a family affected by it.

As we have stood by each other’s side during this gruelling type 1 journey so far, we took on this new challenge in the hope that by walking together we would raise vital funds needed to help change the lives of all the brave little stars who are faced with the daily ordeal of needles, blood testing and carb counting needed purely to stay alive. 

We are currently at £72,500 of our target and would so love to get to the full £100k, so if you’d like ot donate. Please visit our JustGiving page

For a more detailed blog about the trek, please see my instagram @jubiebalfour

Our trek was organised amazingly by the team at Tribal Tracks –

Breathtaking landscape
Much welcomed shade…
A moment of reflection overlooking the most insane landscape, quite literally The Valley of The Moon
Inside the canyon
Nothing like a bit of retail therapy and cup of mint tea in the middle of the desert!
Jehad, our wonderful Bedouin guide
Wearing our matching Açai hiking shorts – quite the backdrop for a photoshoot
Dusk at camp
Getting unpacked before it got dark at 4.30pm and we then literally couldn’t see a thing
At the finish line !

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