borne’s costa rica challenge

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

thursday 13 October – friday 21 October 2022

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

Phil Sanger

Tom Cartwright

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

Tim Birch

Marshal DeSaxe

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