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Endurance athletes finish epic 661 mile race at Number Ten

March 27 2012 - Moses Tutesigensi, 22 and Catherine Garsed, 24, are giving this year’s Olympians a run for their money after completing an epic 661-mile challenge from Edinburgh to London, via Cardiff, in 16 days to deliver a climate justice petition to the Prime Minister.

Avid ultra-marathon runner Moses ran the route, while keen cyclist Cat completed the challenge on her bike.  The pair travelled between 13 and 66 miles a day, visiting locations including Middlesbrough, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol, carrying all their own kit, including food, water and clothes.

Team MoCat The pair, who have raised over £3,000 for international development charity Christian Aid, where they are both interns, finished their challenge today by handing in their petition at Number Ten.  They collected over 1,000 signatures along their route for Christian Aid’s Climate Justice Campaign. Moses and Catherine are hoping to raise awareness of climate change and have asked David Cameron, in the run up to the G20 conference in June, to work towards ensuring access to sustainable energy for all.

Catherine says: ‘We are calling on the Prime Minister to use his power to support access to sustainable energy for all at the G20 meeting of world leaders this June.  In a world where 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity we challenge him to speak up for the poorest and work for change.’

Moses and Cat began their challenge in Edinburgh, where 2005’s Make Poverty History event took place, to highlight that poverty is not yet history, and is being exacerbated by climate change. 

‘This is an issue that affects the world’s poorest.  If global temperatures rise by 2%, experts predict acute water shortages for 1-3billion people; rising sea levels that could flood 18% Bangladesh; and 30 million people going hungry as agricultural yields fail globally,’ said Moses.

There is an opportunity for developing countries to leapfrog over fossil fuels and towards renewable energy, such as solar.  Effective support from the G20 for the sustainable energy for all initiative can help deliver energy for lighting, cooking and small business in developing countries, without costing the earth.

He continues: ‘The idea came from wanting to do the 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon in Death Valley, California.

‘My fellow interns and myself were discussing crazy things that we could do raise money for Christian Aid. Cat is into doing endurance sport too, but on the bike, and before too long, we had shaken hands on the idea of racing between the major seats of power in Britain.’

Cat adds: ‘We had a panier each – a couple of changes of clothes, a puncture repair kit, a First-Aid kit, a couple of mobile phones each for keeping linked up and some emergency energy bars/drinks! We also had to make space for the campaign ‘actions’ we collected along the route. We’re supporting Christian Aid’s Climate Justice campaign, which is calling for deep cuts in global carbon emissions, and for rich countries to provide financial support to help poor countries to adapt to climate change.’

To support Moses and Cat, visit http://www.justgiving.com/run4climatejustice, and to take part in a Christian Aid challenge event yourself, visit www.christian-aid.org/getinvolved/events
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If you would like further information please contact Melanie Smith on 0207 523 2416 or msmith@christian-aid.org  24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950 

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together inhumanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk