About Us

Across the Divide was established in 1996 by Mark and Karen Hannaford, using their many years of experience in organising expeditions and managing large events. Across The Divide has ten years of working closely with our charity clients to deliver exceptional worldwide challenges. Please visit Across the Divide for further information.

Mark Hannaford - Director

Mark is the founding director of Across the Divide along with his wife Karen Hannaford. Mark has been involved with charity challenges and expeditions for over 22 years and has lead expeditions in all of the world’s continents as well as taking part in extreme endurance events.

He is also a senior instructor on the Expedition and Polar Medicine Courses and a photographer for the John Warburton Lee Photographic Library




Karen Hannaford - Director

Founding Director of the company Karen has been involved for over 17 years in expeditions, event management and charity work.







Steve Clark – Sales Manager

Having completed the London and Edinburgh Marathons, Steve needed a new challenge. In April 2005 he completed the Marathon des Sables in Morocco and has been well and truly bitten by the ultra distance race bug. This has inspired him to develop the extreme series for Across the Divide.




Tony Ford – UK Events Manager

Tony not only brings to the events a broad range of event organisational skills but he also has great experience of the other side of running challenges. Drawn from a deep desire to take on bigger hills and longer hauls, Tony has found himself on the finish line of several of the worlds most strange races, from Tough Guy to Lions Head, and The Beast to Bibbulmun Trail. After 15 years of marathons and trail races, Tony still has a deep desire to see how much mud and obstacles he can battle his way through.


Taj Mahal Marathon
20th – 25th September 2007

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