On 22nd September 2019, our vicar Craig begins his craziest idea yet in order to raise funds for Project Grow - a seven day staged ultra-marathon across the desert of Arizona and Utah USA. Carrying on his back everything he’ll need for the whole week (except water) he’ll attempt to cover 170 miles through the searing heat of the day and the freezing temperatures of night.

Have a look at the video below to find out more, and if you want to know more about why he’s doing it, please check out the rest of our Project Grow pages.

Grand to Grand
The Grand to Grand Ultra is the first self-supported stage footrace ever to take place in America, on a world class course that has been experienced by few brave adventurers.

It is the only stage race to start from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the awe-inspiring north rim of the Grand Canyon, and finish on the summit of the Grand Staircase, one of the world's most iconic geological formations.

The course takes the runners through a high desert landscape of sand dunes, red rock slot canyons, buttes, mesas and hoodoos. 

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So how far will Craig be running each day? A long way!

  • Stage 1 - 30.8 miles

  • Stage 2 - 26.9 miles

  • Stage 3 - 52.6 miles

  • Stage 4 - 26.0 miles

  • Stage 5 - 26.0 miles

  • Stage 6 - 7.7 miles

The course total ascent over the six stages is 18,041 ft (5,499 m) with a total descent of 14,688 ft (4,477 m), and finishes at an elevation of 8,698 ft (2,651 m).


Needless to say, Craig would love your support. By attempting Grand to Grand, he hopes to raise £5000 in support of Project Grow. Will you help him raise that target?

Please visit his donation page today and help make a massive, lasting difference to the lives of many people. Thank you!

Thank You
It has only been possible for Craig to enter this (expensive!) race because of the support of London Diocese, The Fellowship of St John (UK) Trust Association, and a number of individuals who have already supported the project financially - you know who you are. Thank you!