The Orbis All Inclusive…with Rachel Morris (MBE)

 
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Your Host: Rachel Morris (OBE)

Rachel was born in Guildford, England, and, as a 15 year-old GB athlete she had Olympic hopes. After having multiple amputations whilst still a teenage Rachel was left a high bilateral above knee amputee. Not wishing to relinquish her Olympic dreams, Rachel turned that adversity into triumph by becoming a Paralympic Gold Medallist in both rowing and cycling. Rachel took a gold at the 2008 Summer Paralympics as a hand cyclist and then, in 2012, a bronze. At Rio 2016, Rachel won gold in the women's single sculls (rowing) and in 2020 Rachel plans to compete in Kayaking in Tokyo. Amazingly, Rachel will then change from Summer to Winter Paralympics and aims to compete in Nordic skiing in 2022. When Rachel is not training or competing she uses her sporting skills, knowledge and expertise to help students, and their parents, cope with, and overcome, the challenges they experience through their Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

 
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The Challenge 

 

Join Paralympian Rachel Morris (MBE) as she takes on The Orbis All Inclusive, a 7 day challenge pushing the boundaries of trail running and taking in some of Malawi’s most beautiful regions. Following closely in Dame Kelly Holmes footsteps The Orbis All Inclusive combines three sporting challenges, two trail runs and one kayak on Lake Malawi, with time spent visiting communities, inspiring youth initiatives and raising awareness for disability, sport and showing what can be achieved when a team comes together a pushes themselves both mentally and physically.

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20km Forest Plateau Run
Forest Plantation Tracks, Steep Rocky Descents

to be edited…Rise early to beat the heat of the day. Meet up with your Malawian Running Team and the event starts around 6am. This event is an endurance challenge. The terrain is rough, the route very steep and you will rely heavily on your Malawian running guides to lead you over the rocky paths and safely down. There will be water and rescue teams throughout the route as well as a medic and nurse in case of emergencies. 25km. 1,060 m elevation. 3-7 hrs.

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15 km Lake Malawi Trail Run

to be edited…Meet your Malawian Running Guides and head up into the hills and tracks of Zomba Forest Reserve. The climate should be slightly cooler than Mulanje and the easier terrain means in parts you can get into your stride and enjoy the run. Do expect slippy, rocky tracks- particularly on the descent. Water and Rescue Teams will be dotted throughout the route as well as a medic and nurse on call in case of emergency. 20km. Varying Terrain. 2-4 hrs.

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15km Lake Malawi Kayak

to be edited…This will be your hottest climate during your challenge in Malawi with temperatures edging towards 40 degrees. We will start the event at dawn and you will be joined by a team of runners from the local school as well as a local running guide. The route is largely tracks with undulating landscape and sandy paths at times. Your run will begin and end in Chembe Village so be prepared to be joined by lots of children- they are fast! Afternoon at leisure- kayaking, snorkelling, diving, exploring.
20km. Varying Terrain. 2-4 hrs.

 

The Purpose

We aim to raise £10,000 to support the work of a number of community led disability organisations in Malawi. Cerebal palsy etc etc etc eopjpvhnp;rfj’ojf’okf’of

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The tingly bits…

The Orbis All Inclusive is so much more than just a physical set of challenges. The moments that will stay with you are the close relationships you will make with your Malawian team mates, the river boat safari, the ladies you meet caring for the disabled children in their community, the individuals you will meet who are so passionate, so resourceful and have determination running through their veins to lift themselves out of poverty and inspire others to do the same…it is an experience that will push you mentally and physically and gives you a chance to explore one of Africa’s most beautiful countries for an incredible purpose.

Logistics…

We live and breathe Malawi. It is the only country we sell and we are here with you from the booking process to welcoming you off the plane, full event support, community days, lighting that camp fire on the final night and ogling over your photos when you return home. Your health and safety are our paramount concern and we will be with you every step of the way providing 24hr in country support. Our Malawi company, The Responsible Safari Company will be your hosts and our UK Company, Orbis Expeditions will be your booking agents- Orbis Expeditions is ABTA and ATOL bonded. Kate and Dom (owners of both) will be your points of contact and might even join you for a run!

 
 
 
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