Ali prepares for his greatest challenge

A business change manager from Covéa Insurance is swapping his laptop for lace-ups this week as he sets off on a 615-mile endurance challenge to raise money for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

On Saturday Paul Ali begins the inaugural Monarchs Way Ultra, the UK’s longest non-stop ultra-race. Competitors must cover a minimum of 44 miles each day for two solid weeks, with no rest days or overnight stops.

It is estimated they will take 1.23 million footsteps during the fortnight, burning off 61,500 calories.

He said, ‘Taking part in a 615-mile continuous event is a huge undertaking and this will be one of the most challenging events I have ever attempted, particularly in view of the limited contact and support over such a long distance, but I am confident I will finish and hopefully my efforts will assist this much-needed charity.’

The race follows the route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after defeat in the Battle of Worcester. Support during the event is limited, with runners only able to access race supplies and equipment every 25-50 miles.

Alexander Devine Hospice Service, one of Covéa Insurance’s partner charities, supports children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. It is currently raising funds to build Berkshire’s first children’s hospice.

To support Paul, go to or text £1, £2, £5 or £10 donations to PAUL89 on 70070.