Since graduating from Regent's College in 2002, alumnus Tobias Mews has faced many challenges. Not content with completing the gruelling, year-long training regime at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, being commissioned into the British Army and surviving two tours of duty in Iraq, he went on to complete four Ironman races in the space of thirteen months and numerous multi-day ultra marathons.
The pinnacle of his achievement was running 250kms across the Sahara in the infamous ‘Marathon des Sables’, finishing as the top British runner and 21st overall. However this is just a warm up for his next challenge.
Tobias, together with TV sports presenter Charlie Webster, will train and mentor six unemployed young people from Brixton over the next three months to run a 100km ultra marathon from London to Brighton. Inspired by the positive effects that running and exercise has given them, Charlie and Tobias have set up 'Running for a Life' - a social enterprise that aims to show how running can transform the lives of young people.
Charlie and Tobias hope that in training for the event, the young people will learn invaluable life skills such as time management and goal setting, whilst also growing their self-esteem and motivation. All the participants are from housing estates in Brixton have never run a 5k race, let alone an ultra marathon. If that wasn't enough of a challenge, they'll also be raising money for their local youth centres - Sports Action Zone and Brixton's St. Matthew's Project.
'Running for a Life', which will be filmed for a documentary to be broadcast later in the year, is being funded through the goodwill of volunteers and sponsors. Charlie and Tobias have already gained the valuable support of big names such as Facebook and Nike, who are lending their not inconsiderable clout to ensure the project achieves the success it deserves.