Arup staff member in Hong Kong, Paul Taylor, successfully took part and completed the Gobi March, a 250km ultra-marathon held between 1 and 7 June in far northwest China. The 7-day race requires competitors to carry all food, clothing and bedding whilst completing four consecutive marathons followed by a 72km mountain climb ending at Sayram Lake (elevation 2,000m) close to the border of Kazakhstan. Paul finished the course in 46 hours coming 49th out of 109 competitors.
Paul, as a water engineer of 17 years, took the opportunity to raise money and awareness for WaterAid and the firm supported Paul by matching Arup colleagues’ donations dollar for dollar. The grand total raised was over HK$60,000.