This July, Scott and Rhys Jenkins are aiming to become the first British people to ever run a Death Valley Double – 270 miles through the hottest place on earth in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record.
On July 14th, the brothers will run from Badwater Basin to Mount Whitney Portal in 120F to 130F temperatures. For the first leg, the boys will run along the 135 mile Badwater Ultramarathon route. They tell us that the reason for it being referred to as the toughest footrace on earth is “perhaps it’s because the tarmac heats up to around 200F and the risk of Heatstroke is so severe that we’ll need to drink around 64 gallons of water“. Once they complete the first leg, they will turn around and do the return route back to Badwater Basin bringing the total up to 270 miles, a feat which has been only attempted 5 times and never by a British person.
Scott and Rhys are taking on this challenge for two charities, Save the Children and Operation Smile. They say “children are our innocent and unfortunately around the world hundreds of thousands are born into poverty with little or no opportunity for their future. Alongside this over 200,000 per annum are born with serve cleft conditions which require surgery to fix. Operation Smile provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with these deformities and Save the Children offer kids a chance for a better and safer future! So in our opinion they are both amazing charities that deserve our unflinching support, hence why we will put ourselves literally through hell and back.”
We asked the brothers what would keep them going during their challenge. They pointed out that hopefully Abby, their support driver, will be able to keep them going, as the fact that they’re going to Vegas once they finish.
You can support the brothers on this mammoth challenge via their Virgin Money Giving page.
As the boys say, “any donation, no matter how big or small is most welcome“.