THOMAS WARBURTON

Swazi­land ad­ven­turer and teenage rebel

Runner's World (UK) - - Human Race -

If you worry about what your kids get up to when they’re away from home, look away now. Thomas Warburton, 18, a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham, ran the length of Swazi­land (109 miles) solo, hav­ing told his par­ents he’d gone ski­ing in France. ‘I took up ultra run­ning by accident when I couldn’t af­ford a train ticket home from uni to Bed­ford and de­cided to run in­stead,’ he says. His par­ents were not happy, but Thomas had caught the bug and set his sights on ‘a big run’. ‘I knew a bit about Swazi­land be­cause I stud­ied it in ge­og­ra­phy at school,’ he says. The night be­fore Thomas left, he left his kit with a friend, mak­ing the switch with his ski­ing-holiday gear af­ter his par­ents dropped him at the sta­tion. Tom av­er­aged 40 miles a day on his African es­capade, mostly sleep­ing at camp­sites. He still has not told his par­ents, but if they read this…

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