Borne’s Costa Rica Challenge

Costa Rica Coast2Coast
26 March - 3 April 2020
Costa Rica Coast2Coast
26 March - 3 April 2020
Costa Rica Coast2Coast
26 March - 3 April 2020
Costa Rica Coast2Coast
26 March - 3 April 2020
Costa Rica Coast2Coast
26 March - 3 April 2020

In March 2020, we will be crossing Costa Rica on foot, bike, kayak and raft to raise funds for ground-breaking research into premature birth.

  • £250,000 in the UK
  • A$150,000 in Australia
  • 275 km
  • From the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The challenge

Starting from the Caribbean Sea, we will battle 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. Come join us or support us on our mission.

The team

Jason Fox

Former Royal Marine commando and Special Forces sergeant, Jason Fox, is a TV personality and an Ambassador for Borne. Jason is co-founder of Rock 2 Recovery, which supports distressed servicemen, veterans and their families, and an ambassador for Veterans 4 Wildlife, fighting wildlife crime.

In 2016, Jason was part of the record-breaking team that rowed across the Atlantic in aid of NSPCC. In 2019, Jason rowed over 2,000 miles up the Yukon to support the Royal Marines charity, Rock 2 Recovery and SBSA.

Born two months premature, Jason was part of Borne’s Arctic Challenge in 2018 and is joining the Costa Rica Challenge in 2020.

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 for the medical research led by Professor Mark Johnson at Borne, and has climbed 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.

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 was part of Borne’s Arctic Challenge in 2018. He and a team from Australia are joining the Costa Rica Challenge to fundraise for Borne and Borne-HMRI.

The expedition leaders

Alan Chambers MBE

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.

Wayne Hoyle

Wayne has served more than 25 years in the UK Special Forces including a 2-year command assignment to the US Seal Team Six. He has been involved in every major conflict since the mid-1980s, and was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service on two occasions for his role on operations.

Wayne was the first Royal Marines Officer to walk unsupported to the Geographic North Pole. He has led challenges across Vietnam, Cambodia, the Sahara, Central America and Africa. He established a new route on the north face of Kilimanjaro in 2017 and has helped raise millions for charities.

Join us in spirit!

Be part of the Costa Rica expedition and join the team in spirit as they carry you through rivers, jungles and mountains on our Flag of Hope.

The Flag of Hope bears the photos of families and children who support Borne’s mission to prevent premature birth. 

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