Success for desert ultramarathon runners

06 December 2017: Staying connected in the middle of a desert helped a charity ultramarathon team raise £40,000 for their cause.

Man using BGAN on vehicle roof

For Rangers is a group of individuals who test their endurance in some of the most inhospitable parts of the world to support the rangers who risk their lives to protect Kenya’s wildlife. The race donations will go towards new equipment, uniforms, medical treatment and training.

Ten runners pushed themselves through punishing heat and the pain of blistered feet to complete the five-day 250km Beyond the Ultimate race across the Namib Desert in Namibia. Thanks to a lightweight BGAN terminal, the team was able to upload live updates to social media via Inmarsat throughout the race.

For Rangers said: “We’d like to thank the competitors for their hard work and the dedication they put in by training for and completing the ultramarathon. It’s no easy feat – and we are grateful! Another thank you should go to our donors, who helped raise a significant amount of money which will make a difference to the rangers on the front line.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do any of this, or give our supporters real-time updates, without our sponsors Inmarsat, Kinetic Six, NSSL Global and EXTREME. They provided much needed support, equipment and comms throughout the ultramarathon, so thank you, all of you, who worked with us.”