The Challenge 


Join Dame Kelly Holmes to take on three incredible trail runs through Southern Malawi. You will be joined by a team of Malawian runners for each challenge who will act as your guides, support crew and become an integral part of your team. These runners include Commonwealth Games Runners, Students from a Lakeside School and a Malawi community running team. Witness the beauty of Malawi’s stunning landscape from mountains to plateaus, forests to valleys and finish down at the shores of Lake Malawi.

Kate Horton Mulanje

25km Extreme Mountain Run
+1,000m Elevation. Steep. Rocky.

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.

Zomba Three Girls

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

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.

Cape Maclear

20km Lake Malawi Trail Run
Sandy tracks, hilly terrain, village running

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.