Update - 2011
Afritrex took place back in 2008, was my first expedition and proved to be a roaring success.
Iíve decided to keep this website running as it serves as an archive of the entire, crazy, bloody-brilliant adventure through one of my favourite continents on Planet Earth.
Not only did I complete all 5 marathons and climb all 5 mountains, but I raised £25,000 ($45,000 Aus) for my three charities AND brought back the Colonel in one piece to the UK.
Since then Iíve moved across to Australia and the Colonel came with me.
To find out more about my latest adventures visit www.bestjobben.com or www.islandreefjob.com
Welcome to Afritrex - A privately funded charity endurance challenge of marathons, mountains and more; documenting the encounters, obstacles and achievements of 12 months of hard fundraising and charity work across Africa.
Whilst circumnavigating the African Continent I will complete the following challenges:
- To complete five marathons of at least 26 miles
- To climb five of the highest mountains in Africa
- To visit as many of the sites across Africa where the Victoria Cross has been won as possible (VC180 Challenge)
"The challenge to make every penny count"
Have a closer look at the site and find out more about how we'll be spending 2008.
Keep up to date !! - The action is happening as we speak...
My name is Ben Southall and for the last decade I’ve travelled extensively throughout Southern Africa taking on projects and expeditions to test my abilities and discover exciting new areas of the African continent, whilst in the UK I take part in fitness and endurance events to raise money for charity and thought it was about time I combined the two fields to create my own fundraising expedition from with others could benefit.
So was born Afritrex: the logistical equivalent of one man trying to build spaghetti junction using Taiwanese instructions and a broken shovel.
The idea was simple: take one continent; attempt to circumnavigate it and whilst doing so try and stay fit enough to complete a number of endurance challenges to raise money for my chosen charities and whilst doing so post it all on the internet!
This is set to be the most challenging, exciting and exhausting year of my life, can I really do it?
"The answer is I don't know,
so why not find out!"
This is me Ben Southall and this is my mission throughout 2008. Stay in contact with my progress updates on how things are going through this site.
I’ll be keeping you informed of my progress through biweekly updates to the site, route information and with regular photo and video blogs.