Peaking at a gruelling 242m climb at the 50th km around the spectacular Cape Town Peninsula, the Two Oceans Ultramarathon earns the description breath-taking for two reasons; athletes run a total of 56km (35miles) in the Western Capes most prestigious race.

This year, The Atlas Foundation has four runners taking on the challenge: Ben Nicholson, Tom Morrison, Pablo Diago, and Alasdair Walker.

Based in Singapore, our runners will travel 6000 miles to reach the start line, hoping their training will ensure that they (and their knees!) will last the distance.

Ben is a trustee of The Atlas Foundation and founder of The Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson Memorial Fund, set up following the loss of Anita, Alex & Annabel Nicholson along with 264 others in the Easter 2019 terrorist attack in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Tom, Pablo and Alasdair have all agreed to join Ben in fundraising for the Atlas foundation.

Two other members of the original team are Geoff Lambrou and Jonathan Rake. Unfortunately bit have succumbed to injury and will not be running this time.

The goal of The Atlas Foundation is to improve the lives and life chances of the poorest and most disadvantaged children in the world, and give them the opportunity to thrive. The Atlas Foundation is a long term supporter of several projects in Africa, including in South Africa, and our runners are raising funds to allow that work to continue and expand.

Through your support for the commitment and endeavour of our runners, The Atlas Foundation is aiming to raise £20,000. In these challenging times, we truly understand the strain that many people are under and we welcome all donations of whatever amount you are able to commit.

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The money raised will be used to support projects focused on childrens well-being, education, and which promote inclusivity.

This is well demonstrated by one of our partners in India, Khelo Rugby where their passion for rugby meets their passion to improve the lives of the children who are in their program. Khelo rugby has a community-based structure which follows the philosophy of nothing for us, without us. Similarly, in South Africa, The Atlas Foundation supports the development of homework and media centres in Ocean View and Masiphumelele High Schools in Cape Town and a mobile classroom via the DigiBus which provides a mobile classroom to over 800 children across 5 schools within the Langa community.