Adventures

Back to The Wall

4200 km

70 DAYS

March 2017


CHALLENGE COMPLETED

1800 km

28 DAYS

NOV 2014 - JAN 2015


CUBA CHALLENGE

A first run from Guantanamo bay near San Antanio in the South East to Punte Messi on the Northern west of Cuba. A Journey that took us into the some what shielded closed Cuban society. Every day became not only a physical challenge, but a mental one through the continuous harassment from the Cuban military.

We found ourselves breaking laws that we never knew existed, interrogated and threatened with 18 months imprisonment or deportation. On we pushed, then only to be plagued by injury, searing heat and choosing the incorrect route, we finally reached the end. Rich in lessons, appreciation for our freedom and what we consider as normal, as we nearly lost all of this during this epic adventure.

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CHALLENGE COMPLETED

1500 km

24 DAYS

JUNE 2012


UK CHALLENGE

In June 2012, extreme athlete David Grier and his support team, Darren Swartz and Andrew Stuart completed the next Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation challenge: to run the entire length of the United Kingdom in one attempt.

David put on those running shoes and set-off to run his way across the weather-battered terrain of Scotland, Wales and England.

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CHALLENGE COMPLETED

4008 km

94 DAYS

MARCH 2012


INDIA CHALLENGE

It started in the winter of 2011 in the foothills of the Himalayas at temperatures of below -10. After experiencing 3 months of Monsoon rains in Madagascar, David had to push hard to reach the end before April in order to miss the monsoon season. The journey took David through 6 provinces and many different climatic conditions, including the dessert in the SW.

In October 2011, extreme athlete David Grier and his support team, Nick Heygate and Andrew Stuart accepted the Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation challenge: to run the length of India in one attempt.  It had never been done before and was deemed in a way madness, yet in just over three months he has once again achieved the seemingly unattainable goal having run, climbed and in cases, crawled his way across treacherous and weather-battered terrain and into the record books by becoming one of the first people to run the length of India from the most northern temple in Srinagar to the most southern temple in Kanyakamari. A journey riddled with problems, sickness, hospitalisation and military arrests, David finally reached the Southern tip of India after completing the run.

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CHALLENGE COMPLETED

500 km Paddle, 2000 km Run

66 DAYS

NOV 2009 - JAN 2010


MADAGASCAR CHALLENGE

In the midst of its annual monsoon season in December 2010, saw Grier make the First 500km paddle from Africa across the ocean to Madagascar in 11 days. The island after continuous rain, was now not much drier than the ocean and once there Grier ‘s mammoth run challenged by much flooding, not much drinkable water in addition to massive stretches of uninhabited mountains and jungle.

Running a pace of a marathon a day for 66 days and nearly 2 000 km later Grier finally reached Cape De Ambre on the Northern tip of the island. Riddled with Bilharzias, Dinghy fever and an intestinal infection weighing only 64 Km.

Grier again completed another first, out of all of the Cipla Challenges, reflecting back, this was by far the hardest and most challenging. On returning to Madagascar 6 months after the event David and his family was part of the Operation Smile Team where almost 200 children received their God given right to a smile. “What a privilege it is to be part of this foundation and to see the difference it makes.”

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CHALLENGE COMPLETED

3300 km

80 DAYS

JUL 2008


SA COASTAL CHALLENGE

The Challenge: Run A Smile around the tip of Africa from Oranjemund via Cape Town to Ponte D’ Ora in Mozambique. David once again stepped up to the line again. David couldn’t resist the challenge of running an estimated 3300 km non-stop from Oranjemund in Namibia via Cape Town in South Africa to Ponto d’Oro in Mozambique. Despite the massive physical toll exerted on their bodies in the Great Wall Challenge they started their rehab and preparation in Cape Town under the guidance of the Sports Science Institute having recovered well and were declared medically fit to take on the Coastal Challenge.

After running some 3300 km in 80 days and achieving another world first in 2008 they reached Ponte D’Ora and completed another massive journey. Once again the biggest achievement was not the journey but the 2 million rand that was raised jointly with Spar and the Round Table of South Africa. This once again gave the opportunity through Operation Smile for hundreds to receive corrective surgery and a God given right to a smile.

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CHALLENGE COMPLETED

4200 km

98 DAYS

DEC 2006


THE GREAT WALL CHALLENGE

The Challenge. To run the entire length of the Great Wall of China in one attempt.In October 2006, two extreme athletes David Grier and his friend Braam accepted the first Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation challenge: to run the length of the Great Wall of China in one attempt.

It had never been done before and was deemed humanly impossible, yet four months later the two had achieved their seemingly unattainable goal having run, climbed and in cases, crawled their way across treacherous and weather-battered terrain and into the record books by becoming the first people in recorded history to run the length of the Sleeping Dragon as the wall is often called.

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