A team of five British runners complete first ultra-marathon across Kenya to save the rhino

Five British runners completed the first ever ultra-marathon across the Kenyan wilderness to raise money for an anti-poaching organisation protecting the endangered rhino.

The runners from London-based Save The Rhino charity ran the 150-mile ‘For Rangers Ultra’ across five days in the Kenyan wilderness, raising more than £60,000 for the cause. This money will go towards training and equipping rhino rangers, who protect Kenya’s endangered rhino population.

The runners completed the race in 30 degree heat, across Kenya and were greeted by Eliud Kipchoge at the finish line, who presented them with their medals. Each runner had to carry their own food, water, medical supplies and sleeping bag on their back along the course, which was guarded by the rhino rangers.

With gangs hunting the rhinos and their rangers in Kenya, 67 wildlife rangers were killed by poachers in Africa in the past year. The money raised will help arm the rangers with the equipment and technology to protect them.

Save The Rhino’s chief executive Cathy Dean said: “This has been a phenomenal race to be part of and will go a long way towards raising funds and awareness of the extraordinary work these brave men are doing to keep rhino safe.”

If you want to donate to the Save the Rhino fund, find the Justgiving page here.