borne’s costa rica challenge

Join us on a life-changing adventure to raise money to stop babies being born too soon.

This is unfinished business. Having made the difficult decision to postpone the Costa Rica Challenge in March 2020 with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are monitoring border and quarantine controls across the UK, Europe, Australia and the Americas to find the next safe window to embark on this challenge. It is very likely to go ahead in October 2022. The new dates will be subject to the anticipated easing of lockdown rules, border controls and quarantine requirements.

There are still a few places available to join this incredible team on the adventure of a lifetime – all in aid of Borne’s efforts to support groundbreaking research to prevent premature birth. If you think you’re up to taking on this amazing challenge on behalf of those that are too small to help themselves, sign up today!

about the challenge

Starting from the Caribbean Sea, we will make our way across Costa Rica on foot, bike, kayak and raft. This east to west jungle route is rarely used, even by locals.

We will kayak up the Pacuare river, trek 40km through forests and to heights of 3000m, cycle over 200km past coffee and sugar cane plantations and raft through white-water rapids before reaching the Pacific Ocean.

This is an incredible challenge that will test the limits of our physical and mental endurance, all to prevent babies from being born too soon. Click below to see the full itinerary and trip details.

Our team of intrepid adventurers need your help to reach their target of raising £250,000 – money that will fund crucial research into preterm birth. Please consider donating to their fundraising efforts!

an extreme leader for an epic challenge

The Costa Rica Challenge is designed and led by Alan Chambers MBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Extreme Leaders – a group of extraordinary individuals who lend their unique experience to guide and encourage teams on their unique leadership and resilience building journeys to achieve outcomes way beyond their expectations.

A former Royal Marine with 16 years service, Alan was a member of the first winter expedition to traverse Iceland by ski and led the first successful British unsupported expedition from Canada to the Geographic North Pole. He has since led over a dozen North Pole expeditions with top business leaders, helping them explore and reflect on their own leadership capabilities. Alan was awarded an MBE in 2000 for determination and leadership in constant adversity. He is a qualified diver, parachutist, paramedic and ski survival instructor.

team UK

Will Greenwood MBE

2003 England World Cup winning rugby star, rugby pundit, brand ambassador and motivational speaker, Will Greenwood is a Patron of Borne. His first child Freddie was born at just 22 weeks, too soon to survive.

Will is as passionate about finding answers to prevent preterm birth as he is about changing lives through sport. He is a passionate fundraiser and advocate, and has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and walked to the North Pole for Borne.

He is joining the Costa Rica Challenge because every child deserves a healthy start to life. There is something we can do to stop families from living through the fear, anxiety and sometimes anguish when pregnancies do not progress as planned.

Claire Shouksmith

Dominic Lynch

Michael Bailey

Phil Sanger

Rob Mallett

Tim Mercer

Tom Cartwright

Will Mould

team Australia

Dean Mumm

Former Australian rugby international and Exeter Chiefs captain Dean Mumm has lost four children to premature birth. He and his wife Sarah lost their first child, Sophie, at 21 weeks; their little boy Henry was born at 28 weeks and passed away nine days later. They lost Ella and Grace just after 20 weeks in 2018.

Dean and Sarah have a son, Alfie, now four. On their return to Sydney, they founded Borne-HMRI, an Australian scientific collaboration between Borne and the Hunter Medical Research Institute to fund joint medical research that can speed up the pace of discovery of new knowledge and treatments to delay preterm labour and stop spontaneous preterm birth.

Dean and a team from Australia are joining the Costa Rica Challenge to fundraise for Borne and Borne-HMRI.

Angus Wilson

Jeremy Milner

Tim Birch

Marshal DeSaxe

team doctor

Dr Claire Grogan

Claire is an Emergency Medicine Doctor with a passion for expedition and remote medicine. She has provided medical support for expeditions in many environments, but mostly enjoys working in extreme cold and Polar regions.

Last year,she celebrated International Women’s Day in Antarctica where she was the doctor for the Weddell Sea Expedition, an international scientific expedition that explored the area around the Larsen C ice shelf and Antarctic Peninsula.

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