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EC London Stories 18 May: Running Malawi & Pictographs in Canada

On Thursday 18th of May, get inspired by two incredible adventurers - Brendan Rendall who ran the 708 miles across Malawi in less than a month, and by archaeologist Alicia Colson who studies ancient pictograph art. 

A trip to Malawi in 2008 saw Brendan get into contact with Friends of Mulanje Orphans, a community-based orphan care programme supporting over 3,500 children. The trip changed Brendan's life: as a result, he quit his office job to become a Special Education teacher, and then went on to sell all his belongings and travel the world. As a thank-you to the children who first inspired him to make overhaul his life, Brendan decided to take on an ultra-run to raise funds for a new Science and Art Block.

In this talk, Brendan will recount the challenges of running from the Zambian to the Mozambique border, from battling injury to illness to extreme temperatures to disintegrating trainers. He will explain how the overwhelming generosity of the people of Malawi helped him to pull off a superhuman feat and renew his appreciation for life.

Alicia Colson is an archaeologist who specialises in the examination of rock art using tools from the digital humanities. She’s talking about her first field trip where she learned how to survey for, find and record pictograph sites in White Otter Lake in the Canadian Shield. This expedition lasted 10 weeks but involved canoes and boats, camping on beaches, northern lights, a large forest fire, a three-story log castle. 

Join us to hear about their incredible journeys. Meet like-minded people. Get inspired. Everyone welcome.


Prince of Wales 150-151 Drury Ln, London WC2B 5TD

Doors Open: 6.30 pm

Talk starts: 7 pm

Please no food to be brought onto the premises. The Prince of Wales does a good value menu and killer burgers.

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