The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) is backing a unique sporting challenge taking place this weekend in support of local charity efforts.

The first of two parts of the Tribal Fitness Run and SUP Expedition will see Tribal Fitness owner and founder, Craig Heslop run the full length of Bahrain – from Amwaj to Hadd Al Bahrain – on Saturday, before he and friend, Hussain Bader, owner of Paddle Sport Marine Supplies, attempt to circumnavigate Bahrain on stand-up paddle (SUP) boards next month.

The event is being organised by Tribal Fitness to promote the activities of the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) and provides the perfect send-off for Mr Heslop, who is leaving the island for new pastures this summer, after six years of residency.

Saturday’s 67km run will take Mr Heslop from Amwaj, across Muharraq, along the Sitra Causeway, past Askar, Jow, Shaikh Isa Airbase and Durrat Al Bahrain, right down to the southernmost tip of Bahrain at Hadd al Bahrain and is expected to take around ten hours to complete.

On May 5th, Heslop and Bader will embark on the second stage of the challenge, a 150km SUP voyage over the course of eight days, starting from Al Dar Island.

The planned route will take the intrepid duo from Al Dar to Marassi Beach in Diyar on day one, on to Nurana Island on day two and to Northern City on day three.

From there, they are hoping to make Zallaq on May 8th, reach Hadd al Bahrain on May 9th and then Al Dar Port on the 10th, before moving on to Askar on May 11th and finishing back at Al Dar Island on May 12th.

The men will be kept fed and hydrated with thanks to Alosra supermarkets, while RCSI Bahrain has come on board to provide the necessary safety equipment.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s run, Mr Heslop said the challenge was the perfect way to bid farewell to the island.

“My wife, son and I have loved our time in Bahrain and we will surely miss the place. Strangely, I’ve wanted to do this run for a while, it’s a nice personal test,” he said.

“We love contributing towards a healthier Bahrain. If these adventures can continue to motivate others to challenge themselves then it will be a success,” Mr Heslop added.

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Tribal Fitness was launched in Bahrain in 2009, with the aim of improving members’ lives through natural movement, food and lifestyle. Based out of ‘The Jungle’ in Budaiya, the company is expanding to a second premises in Bahrain Financial Harbour in the coming months.

As one of the region’s leading healthcare institutions, RCSI Bahrain is committed to combining successful academic achievements with healthy lifestyle and provides a full programme of extracurricular fitness and sporting activities. The university’s sponsorship of this event falls in line with its overall objective of advancing human health in Bahrain and further afield.

RCSI Bahrain is a constituent university of RSCI, which was established in Ireland in 1784. Like its counterpart, RCSI Bahrain is a not-for-profit health sciences institution focused on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide.