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Great Britain: Clare returns from ride of a lifetime - Full Article

By Bree Rutledge
April 14, 2020

CLARE King (nee Twemlow), originally from Holywood, Co. Down, recently returned from participating in the first ever Gaucho Derby, crossing 500km of beautiful yet challenging terrain in the Patagonian Andes in South America. The multi-horse endurance race ran from March 5 until 14 and, while the rest of the world was beginning the battle against Corona virus, the Gaucho Derby was able to go ahead, as Patagonia, a sparsely populated region at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile, was at that time unaffected.

Clare’s aim on completing this challenge was to raise £10,000 for Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG).

Clare writes:


Now that I have returned from the wilds of Patagonia, where I was blissfully unaware of the Corona virus crisis unfolding, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of you who have been so very generous in sponsoring me. So far I have raised over £8,000 towards my £10,000 target for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG). Your support really means a lot, thank you.

I have been incredibly lucky to enjoy and survive an amazing adventure. Patagonia is one of the most remote and uninhabited places on earth, but the mountains were both brutal and beautiful in equal measure. The navigation was tough and having a pack horse to contend with added an extra dimension...

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